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Biofuels regulatory consultation a milestone says Mabele Fuels

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The conclusion of the public consultative process on the South African Biofuels Regulatory Framework is a significant milestone for Mabele Fuels, a pioneering investor in the local biofuels industry.

 

The Department of Energy recently published the Biofuels Regulatory Framework for stakeholder and public comment by 10 February 2014.

 

According to Mabele Fuels Joint Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zahir Williams “We are excited that the period for public comment has closed and that the Department of Energy has publicly targeted end of February 2014 for completion of the biofuels regulatory process. We believe that significant progress has been achieved in finalizing a sound regulatory framework that will contribute to the establishment of a sustainable biofuels industry.”

 

The conclusion of the biofuels regulatory consultative process takes Mabele Fuels another step closer to its long held vision of constructing and operating a world-class biofuels refinery in South Africa. Mabele Fuels’ refinery is set to manufacture 158 million litres per annum of fuel grade bioethanol from grain sorghum by the 1 October 2015 timeframe for mandatory blending of biofuels with petroleum.

 

Job creation, industrialisation, rural transformation and agricultural development remain core priorities of government and for a developing nation such as ours, which will undoubtedly be reflected in this week’s State of the Nation address.

 

The biofuels sector as a whole presents enormous untapped job creation potential.

 

“Our project is positioned to deliver between 15 000 – 18 000 mainly agricultural jobs through our R2.5 billion investment into developing South Africa’s largest bioethanol refinery at Bothaville in rural Free State. Therefore, Mabele Fuels, is encouraged by this significant development of reaching closure of the regulatory consultative process which signals to us that government is committed to leveraging the biofuels industry as a contributor to large scale job creation and rural development” says Mr. Willliams.

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and the finalisation of the regulatory process.

 

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

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Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

Biofuels regulations welcomed by leading industry player Mabele Fuels

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN:Mabele Fuels - a pioneering investor in the nascent biofuels industry in South Africa, welcomes the Department of Energy’s publication of the South African Biofuels Regulatory Framework in the Government Gazette of 15 January 2014.

 

Since the release of the 2007 Biofuels Industrial Strategy, Mabele Fuels has answered the call from Government for private sector investment in developing South Africa’s biofuels industry. The company has participated extensively in key Government consultations on the development and finalization of the industry’s regulations.

 

“The gazetting of the biofuels regulatory framework takes us a step closer towards closure of a lengthy regulatory process. Once regulatory closure is achieved, we are able to realize our longstanding commitment to develop South Africa’s largest bio ethanol refinery at a cost of R 2,5 billion” says Mabele Fuels Joint CEO Zahir Williams.

 

Job studies have recognised the Mabele Fuels project for its ability to create 15 000 – 18 000 rural and agricultural jobs in the Free State Province, through farming to meet the demand for grain sorghum as feedstock for the production of biofuels.

 

“The speedy finalization of these regulations will enable our project to progress to the construction phase and to be completed in time to meet the 1 October 2015 regulatory date for the commencement of mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol. This will be good news and inspire confidence for our stakeholders and especially the farming communities who stand to directly benefit in terms of sustainable economic development opportunities  ” adds Williams

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and its participation in the consultative process on the published regulations.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

 

Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regulations Published for comment

The Department of Energy has published proposed nuclear non-proliferation regulations in the Government Gazette for comment. The regulations are published in terms of section 54(4) of the Nuclear Energy Act. Written comment is invited until 8 October 2012. South Africa became a signatory to the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in 1991. The treaty is designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and foster peaceful cooperation on nuclear issues between member states.

Objectives
The regulations set out how records relating to nuclear material are to be kept. The records refer to the possession of, using, handling, or processing of nuclear material. Some of the requirements include an updated nuclear material inventory showing exactly how much nuclear material is present in a facility as well as operating data that is used to indicate changes in the quantity of nuclear material present. All facilities with nuclear material will be expected to provide an initial report to the energy minister within three months of the regulations coming into effect. An annual report of the records will also have to be forwarded to the minister. A full report on any “nuclear event” will also have to be provided. Such an event includes the loss of nuclear material.

The regulations also focus on:

  • Measurements on nuclear material and maintaining measuring control programmes;
  • Provision of information on design of nuclear installation and site concerned;
  • Physical stocktaking of nuclear material;
  • Prior notification of importation and exportation of nuclear material and equipment
  • Notification on any loss of nuclear material;
  • Schedules of planned activities;
  • Application for authorisation to acquire nuclear material; and
  • Application for authorisation to export nuclear material.

Public comment
All interested persons and organizations are invited to comment in writing on the proposed Regulations to Director: Nuclear Non-Proliferation. Comments can be emailed to nonproliferation@energy.gov.za by no later than 12:00 Tuesday, 8 October 2012. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Elsie Monale on tel +27 (0) 12 406 7499 elsie.monale@energy.gov.za or to Ms Mashadi on +27 (0) 12 406 7658.

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