Ethanol Company Limited (EthCo), a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation Limited plc, Friday donated two ethanol-driven minibuses to Nkhotakota and Nkhata Bay district hospitals.
The company also donated a Ford Ecosport vehicle to Lilongwe Technical College to help the college offer practical training to its students.
Speaking during the ceremony, EthCo Chief Executive Officer, Lusubilo Chakaniza, said EthCo has worked hand in hand with various stakeholders in the Ethanol Driven Vehicle Project (EDV). The project started in 2004 to ensure that EDV research was concluded up to the point of government approving ethanol as a fuel in its own right in 2012.
“Various activities have been carried out to enable the roll-out implementation of the EDV programme. This will result in the operation of the flexi-fuel vehicles in Malawi and the subsequent selling of ethanol fuel at pump stations. At the moment, government, through the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority, is in the process of developing a model that would guide the pricing of ethanol fuel,” Chakaniza said.
Nkhotakota District Health Officer, Dr Sosten Lankhulani, and his Nkhata Bay counterpart, Dr Mwatikonda Mbendera, thanked EthCo for the donation, saying the items would help alleviate transport problems being faced by the health sector. Deputy Principal of Lilongwe Technical College, Suzgika Mvalo, also thanked EthCo for donating the Ford Ecosport vehicle for training of its students.
The EDVP was initiated in 2004 after a Cabinet directive that Malawi should explore other sources of fuel for vehicles with the overall objective of contributing to economic development by promoting use of ethanol as an alternative source of energy.