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November 21, 2002

India plans 10-percent ethanol blended petrol

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian petrol will be blended with 10-percent ethanol in about two years in order to reduce the country's dependence on imported crude oil, Oil Minister Ram Naik said on Thursday.

From January, it will be compulsory for petrol stations to sell petrol with five percent ethanol in nine states, which consume 60 percent of oil products sold in India.

In October 2003, the five-percent blend would be made compulsory in the rest of the country, and then the ethanol content would be doubled after
another year or so, he said. "I cannot say exactly when, but it will be introduced around the end of 2004," Naik told reporters after receiving a report on the blended fuel from Indian Oil Corp , the country's largest refiner.

The introduction of ethanol-blended petrol in nine states in January will require 320 million litres of ethanol a year, which is about 25 percent of the country's capacity. To sell the 10-percent ethanol blend, the sugar industry would have to set up facilities to produce one billion litres of ethanol from various sources apart from molasses and sugarcane juice, Naik said. India imports 70 percent of its crude oil requirement. 

 

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