Leaded petrol on way out

Eric Chiriga

THE Ministry of Energy and Power Development plans to phase out the use of leaded petrol as the fuel crisis resurfaces in the country.



ica, sans-serif”>Morgan Mudzinganyama, the director of petroleum in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, said on Wednesday that cabinet had already approved the decision.

“We want to stop using leaded fuel in the country and move towards the use of unleaded fuel and cabinet looked into the issue and approved it,” Mudzinganyama told a parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines, Energy, Environment and Tourism last week. Binga MP Joel Gabbuza chaired the meeting.

“The minister is still discussing the issue with other interested parties and stakeholders in the fuel industry,” Mudzinganyama said.

He said the phasing out of leaded fuel was in line with global trends as more motor vehicle manufacturers were making cars that use unleaded fuel.

Asked if this would not worsen the shortage of fuel, he said there was plenty of fuel in the country.

The United States and most other developed countries had switched from leaded to unleaded fuel years ago, he said.