Gasoline/methanol blending to increase in China

28 November 2007 22:03  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS news)--Chinese methanol demand for direct gasoline blending is expected to grow quickly by 2010 as new standards for M15 (15% methanol) and M85 (85% methanol) are adopted, a methanol producer said on Wednesday.

The production of M15 blend is expected to constitute 50% of Chinese fuel supplies by 2010, said Mark Allard of Methanex, speaking at the 2007 CMAI World Methanol Conference in Orlando, Florida.

If the forecast holds up, methanol will make up 7.5% of the total gasoline pool in China by 2010.

Annual gasoline demand is expected to reach 70m tonnes by 2010, Allard said, mainly because Chinese consumers are buying more cars.

Current estimates peg Chinese methanol demand for direct gasoline blending at around 2m tonnes/year.

By: David Barry
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