The press and getting it almost partly right about biofuels
The British press (of which I am a fully paid up member) is not right about everything all of the time, but its not usually completely off the beam either.
So when they report that drivers in the South East of England are having problems with fuel they bought from Tesco and Morrisons because of ethanol contamination I take an interest.
What the National Press hasn't quite grasped is that some petrol from sold as 99 Octane gas on these supermarkets' forecourts, contains up to 5% ethanol anyway, and may contain a whole raft of other oxygenates. This is pretty typical of people who work in highly pressured environments to tight deadlines... try it yourself.
What the biofuel industry needs to be doing in the coming weeks and months is devising and implementing a public relations strategy to reassure consumers and sell them the benefits of using biofuels over conventional gasoline.
This is supplied to Tesco and Morrisons by Greenergy which said in a statement yesterday:
Greenergy is aware of the reports from drivers who are experiencing problems after filling up with fuel in the South East of England. We take quality very seriously and we are doing everything we possibly can to find out what the issue is and whether it is related to us. Over the last 3 years we have sold more than 8 billion liters of fuel into the UK market and have not had any problems. So far we have conducted extensive tests on the fuel supplied to Tesco and Morrisons. We have found it is fully compliant with BSEN 228 - the independent standard everyone works to. We are continuing our investigation and will update you as soon as we
have more information.
Obvious questions to ask are: was the gas contaminated with something else, where did this contamination happen and ultimately who's liable for the engine damage.
I'll be watching for developments