Zimbabwe 'to improve energy infrastructure with ethanol project'

17 November 2010

An ethanol project is taking place in Zimbabwe that will improve the energy infrastructure of the country.

The $600 million (£375 million) scheme is currently taking place in Chisumbanje in Chipinge, Manicaland and it is thought fuel will be produced at the site by the end of the first quarter of 2011, the Zimbabwe Independent reports.

It is the biggest plan of its type to take place in Africa to date and it is 35 per cent completed at the moment.

Graeme Smith, general manager of the three investment partners involved, said: "We will ... generate 120 megawatts of electricity of which we will use 20 megawatts and the remainder will be fed into the national grid."

So far, around 300 jobs have been created due to the construction work being carried out, while the news provider observed $270 million has already been spent.

Last week, the Standard reported the country has nearly completed a project that will improve internet access in the area.

Categories: Energy

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