Germany E10 gasoline will not be available immediately – group

28 December 2010 14:58  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Germany’s 15,000 petrol stations will not be able to immediately offer 10% bioethanol-blended gasoline (E10) in the New Year, even though E10 has been approved for sale from 1 January, a refining industry group said on Tuesday.

Hamburg-based Mineralolwirtschaftsverband (MWV) said oil firms would still need several weeks because refineries and petrol stations were facing “considerable expenditures” in introducing E10.

The group said it expected E10 to be available “in the course of the first quarter.”

Aral, which operates some 2,400 petrol stations in Germany, confirmed that it expected to convert its stations to E10 by the end of the first quarter. Aral is part of BP.

Meanwhile, German biofuels industry group VDB said the introduction of E10 should not lead to an increase in gasoline prices.

The increase from currently 5% to 10% ethanol content would not justify oil firms' hiking pump prices as the measure did not require major new investments, said VDB general manager Elmar Baumann.

"Of course, the five oil majors can hike pump prices for E10, but that would only be to make more profit," Baumann added.

Germany’s government approved the sale of E10 in October.

Some 90% of all gasoline-powered vehicles on German roads can drive on E10. E10 will be offered in addition to the existing 5% (E5) blends.

In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved the sale of 15% ethanol fuel blends (E15).

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