Czech FAME consumption grows under tightened biofuel law

22 September 2010 17:09  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS)--Czech consumption of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) grew 13% year-on-year to 68,837 tonnes in the first half of 2010, driven by tightened biofuel law, according to data from the Czech trade and industry ministry.

Domestic production of FAME, a component that is added to petrol to make biofuel, rose 30% in the first six months of the year to 91,000 tonnes, the data also showed.

In June, Czech legislation increased the amount of petrol output that petrol producers had to replace with biocomponents to 4.1% from 3.5%.

In 2009, nearly a fifth of Czech FAME production was exported compared with one quarter this year, the ministry added. In the first half of 2010, more than 10,000 tonnes of FAME were exported to Poland, over 6,500 tonnes to Austria and almost 3,500 tonnes to Germany.

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