By Kenias Chivuzhe
The country is enjoying the fruits of independence through the industrialisation drive which will see the country exporting medical and industrial gas after successfully satisfying the local market.
The commissioning of a multi-million dollar medical and industrial gas plant at Feruka by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last year has seen the country being self-sustainable in medical and industrial gases, with the process also producing nitrogen.
State-owned Verify Engineering CEO, Engineer Pedzisai Tapfumaneyi revealed that several branches have been opened across the country to provide distribution infrastructure with imports of the product set to be a thing of the past.
“The President, Cde Mnangagwa commissioned the gas plant on the 19th of August 2021 and since then we started producing and distributing the medical oxygen and industrial oxygen into the market. We have since opened branches across the country starting with Mutare. We have branches in Chiredzi, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Harare, Kwekwe, Gweru and Hwange and we are still opening more branches across the country. We are excited that the market is responding very well to our quality product. We are self-sufficient in terms of gas production but we need to build enough gas distribution infrastructure,” he said.
With independence having provided a suitable environment for the country to be self sufficient through the local production of various goods the next step is to increase export receipts with plans already underway to export medical and industrial gas to a number of countries that have expressed interest in the Zimbabwean quality product.
“We have started reaching out to external markets and we are so grateful that Zimtrade is helping us to register our product and fulfill all the processes to export the product. Once the processes are done, we are ready to supply those market. Preliminary surveys which we have done indicated high demand for our product outside the country. Our plant is operating on maximum production capacity,” he added.
President Mnangagwa is expected to open another plant which produces acetylene gas at Feruka in yet another landmark industrial development for the country.
The elimination of imports is expected to improve the country’s balance of trade and catapult it to a developed nation as the Second Republic’s industrialisation drive gather pace.
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