Government optimistic about planned expansion of Feruka pipeline

By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWEAN government says it has prioritised the upgrading of the Feruka Pipeline in line with the country grand plan to create a regional fuel distribution hub and to ensure affordability of fuel.
With 95% of Zimbabwe fuel imports transported via pipelines, the country says it is keen to accelerate work on the upgrading of the Feruka Pipeline to expand its carrying capacity.
Addressing delegates at the just concluded Infrastructure Summit and Expo Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi said the expansion of the pipeline is being done within a view to transforming the landlocked country into a fuel distribution hub.
“So you have heard discussions around the development of the pipeline. We don’t want it to be just a localized undertaking, we want to think around issues of developing within the confines SADC region,” Minister Chasi said
According to government, work on the construction of 6 million litre ethanol storage facility at Mabvuku Depot is progressing well with expectations that the project will be completed by December 2020. Meanwhile, the government says it is seriously considering the roll-out of electronic motor vehicles in order to reduce fuel consumption.
Electric Vehicles are being viewed as a viable option to economies like Zimbabwe where the transport system is almost entirely fuel-based. EV market is already growing at exponential rates and it is estimated that by 2040, 54% of new global car sales and 33% of the world’s car fleet will be electric, according to experts.