15 September 2010 18:13 [Source: ICIS news]
Greg Dolan, executive director for Americas/Europe, said he was not surprised by recent statements by
Dolan said similar refiner resistance arose when methanol was promoted as a gasoline blend during the 1990s in
“When we were promoting methanol fuel blending in
Sinopec has expressed concern over the potential side effects of M15 gasoline on humans.
Shell had also been fighting against methanol fuel blending in
Dolan noted that
Moreover, with China seeking to reduce its dependency on oil imports - about 60% in 2010 - the unused methanol capacity would serve as a logical way to reduce the country’s need for imports, Dolan said.
But for that to happen, regional methanol producers need to win the public relations battle against oil companies acting in their own self-interest, he said.
Leo Wirawan with Methanol Market Services Asia said there has been no official target date for the implementation of the M15 standard in
Dolan and Wirawan spoke at the Methanol Forum in
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