Poland's ester-based biofuels sales quadruple in first half 2010

28 September 2010 16:37  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS)--Sales of ester-based biofuels in Poland more than quadrupled to 183,000 tonnes in the first half of this year from 45,500 tonnes in the same period last year on new requirements brought in by the Polish Biofuels Act, the Polish Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) said on Tuesday.

Fuel producers were this year legally bound to ensure that 5.75% of total sold fuel output was biofuel, up from 4.6% in 2009, ERO added.

Driven by EU requirements, Poland was set to raise the proportion to 7% in the near future, it also noted.

Only 30% of biofuels sold in Poland were currently produced domestically, ERO said.

Oil, chemicals and petrochemicals group PKN Orlen, Poland's largest biofuel producers, said where possible it was looking to replace imported biofuels with new domestic production that was cost-competitive.

It announced its biocomponent ester suppliers for the next year on 3 September.

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