31 January 2013 01:14 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil will increase its ethanol blending rate to 25% from 20%, the government said on Wednesday.
The higher blending rate will take effect on 1 May, the government said.
Brazil blends anhydrous ethanol into gasoline. The country uses hydrous ethanol as a stand-alone fuel in flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs), competing directly with gasoline.
Brazil had lowered the rate to 20% in October 2011 because the country had insufficient supplies of anhydrous ethanol to meet demand.
In fact, Brazil ethanol imports soared to $841m (€622m) in 2011. That year, Brazil imported a total of 1.1bn litres of anhydrous ethanol from the US.
($1 = €0.74)
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