Tanzania to import ethanol from Brazil

Mkinga Mkinga – The Citizen Reporter, 06/13/2011

Tanzania is set to import ethanol from Brazil in its bid to lower fuel prices by 10 per cent. This was said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend by Mr Leo Lyayuka, a senior principle marketing officer at the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) during a media training seminar organised by the ministry of Energy and Minerals on bio-fuel.

As TPDC strives to ensure that Tanzania also starts using ethanol as a way of reducing consumption of petrol, the ministry has issued guidelines for sustainable liquid bio-fuels development.Mr Lyayuka said ethanol was also a high-performance motor fuel that cuts poisonous exhaust emissions, making it more desirable to environmental conservation.

“The standard amount of oxygen in fuel recommended internationally is 3.7 to 3.8 per cent in petrol,” he said, noting that before the exercise begins there will be a statement from the minister for Energy and Minerals notifying the general public on the use of ethanol.

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