Biofuels have been identified by the South African Government as an important element of the Accelerated and Shared Growth and Investment program (ASGISA).
South Africa commenced with the phase out of lead in petrol in 2006. This has increased the value of ethanol as an octane blend stock as lead is used primarily to boost the octane of petrol. Further Clean Fuels regulations should further increase the value of ethanol as a blend stock due to the phase out of high octane aromatics and benzene in petrol in South Africa.
In 1988, ethanol was added to gasoline for the purpose of reducing carbon monoxide emissions in North America. Ethanol is an oxygenate which results in more complete combustion of the carbon in petrol. Demand for ethanol increased when methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), an alternative oxygenate, was banned in 2000. The 2005 Energy Policy Act (“EPAct”) focused on the renewability of ethanol (Renewable Fuels Standard) and mandated an increase in its use to 28.4 billion litres to 2012. Actual production has far surpassed this target (FOLichts and AgreaCeas, 2007)
Mabele Fuels is committed to working in line with the South African Governments ASGISA program in taking responsibility for increased energy efficiency in South Africa through bioethanol production. Pressure to reduce vehicle emissions is global and through the introduction and usage of cleaner fuels, South Africa will be moving in-line with the global drive to fulfill this need.