Zera gives fuel dealers ultimatum

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HARARE – Fuel dealers have been given a seven-day ultimatum to label their petrol pumps “blend” to avoid any misrepresentations to consumers.

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) yesterday said retail outlets that fail to comply with the ultimatum will face the full wrath of the law.

“The public can report to Zera any retail sites that continue to label “unleaded petrol” or “petrol” or “E5” on their petrol pumps as this is in contravention with Zera’s directive,” said Gloria Magombo, the authority’s chief executive.

“Following the commencement of E10 mandatory blending on October 24, 2013, the public is hereby advised that all petrol being sold at all retail sites in Zimbabwe should be E10 (10 percent ethanol and 90 percent unleaded petrol).”

Energy sector experts and economists say the introduction of E10 on the market will help Zimbabwe — which spends between $40 million and $45 million on importing fuel — reduce its fuel import bill.

“Ethanol blending contributes towards energy security of the country, reduces the fuel import bill, creates employment and has the potential for power generation,” said Magombo.

The Zera boss indicated that E10 blend was safe for all petrol cars. “Studies have already been done by reputable and internationally recognised institutions.

“Most of the studies are applicable to the vehicle models used in Zimbabwe including imports,” she said.

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