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April 25, 2003

Manitoba to make ethanol-blend gasoline mandatory

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (Reuters) - The Canadian Prairie province of Manitoba will make it mandatory for gasoline sold there to be blended with ethanol by September 2005, the provincial government said Thursday.

The government introduced a proposed law to require that 85 percent of gas be blended with 10 percent ethanol. Ethanol-blend gasoline emits lower levels of greenhouse gases.

Energy minister Tim Sale said the province would also help support ethanol producers in the province for eight years with a special fund.

Five Canadian plants currently produce about 235 million liters (62 million U.S. gallons) a year of the high-octane, water-free alcohol made from grain, and import another 100 million liters annually from the United States.

Manitoba has one small plant that makes ethanol from wheat. A government-commissioned study said the province could produce up to 140 million liters per year.

"By mandating the use of ethanol, agricultural producers and local communities will be in a better position to benefit from this opportunity," Sale said in a release.

The neighboring Prairie province of Saskatchewan has said it will also make it mandatory to use ethanol-blended gas when supplies rise and prices fall.

The Saskatchewan government said it plans to build three 80-million liter plants with a private sector partner.

By 2010, Ottawa wants a third of Canadian gasoline to contain ethanol as part of its plan to implement the Kyoto protocol.

But ethanol producers have said they need tax incentives to be able to increase production.



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