Pakistan to mandate 10% ethanol blend - producer

18 December 2008 10:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--The Pakistani government is likely to announce a mandate for blending 10% ethanol in gasoline (E10) soon, a source at a large Pakistani ethanol distiller said on Wednesday.

"We understand that the government has internally decided to go ahead with the mandate and the official announcement should come out soon," he said.

This mandate would provide an additional outlet for increasing ethanol capacity in Pakistan, he added.

The government could also impose an export duty on the feedstock molasses so that local ethanol distilleries would not run out of raw material, but whether this would be announced remained to be seen, he added.

Currently all of the ethanol produced in Pakistan is exported and exports for 2008 are estimated to cross 400,000 tonnes.

Anhydrous ethanol is used for gasoline blending while hydrous ethanol is used for making beverage alcohol or for making downstream chemicals.

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By: Anu Agarwal
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