E10 fuel slowly gaining ground in Germany – Verbio

11 August 2011 15:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Gasoline blended with 10% bioethanol (E10) is “slowly prevailing” on the German market, German biofuels producer Verbio said on Thursday.

Germany had approved E10 for sale at the pump from 1 January 2011, but the fuel was met with strong resistance from drivers who feared damage to their cars’ engines.

Verbio said that E10 currently accounts for about 20% of Germany’s overall gasoline consumption – a “relatively low market share” given that about 95% of gasoline-driven cars on the country's roads are certified as E10-compatible.

However, Verbio said it expects E10’s share of the market to rise to up to 50% in the medium term as refiners plan to expand their distribution of the fuel.

Until now, E10 is available mainly at filling stations in eastern and southern Germany. However, several oil firms have announced plans to expand E10 distribution throughout other parts of the country.

Verbio said increasing E10 demand would translate into higher bioethanol sales and better capacity utilisation at its plants in the third and fourth quarters.

Low bioethanol sales were one factor hurting Verbio’s results in the second quarter.

Check out Doris de Guzman’s Green Chemicals Blog for views on sustainability issues


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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