Govt to set up ethanol based filling stations

Due to ever increasing prices of oil in the international market, and growing oil import bill, government may decided to set up ethanol based filling stations, officials said.
According to the plan, in the first phase government will set up a few filling stations on trial bases and after looking public response, it could be increased gradually, officials added.
Sugar mills have long been demanding to mix ethanol with petrol to cut oil import bill and save deteriorating environment. Ethanol based filling stations will also add to their profits.
“High oil prices are generating new interest in ethanol, which is available in surplus quantity in Pakistan due to the 78 sugar mills in Pakistan, officials told inp.
“Government will also design a program to promote ethanol use until it replaces petrol, majority of sugar mills in country may join our efforts,” an official opined.

Initially government will promote minimum mixing and will eventually lead to E85, a mix of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petrol.
Ethanol-based vehicles are almost identical to petrol-run cars except for a slightly modified engine that requires a sensor in the fuel line to control fuel injection.
But, the former president of PSMA (Pakistan Sugar Mills Association) General (Retd) K Ali Qazalbash insists that 15 percent mixing of Ethanol would not need any modification in the cars.
Some sugar millers say that powerful oil companies are hampering the usage of alcohol-based fuel in cars despite the desire of the top officials of Pakistan. They stress the need for a legislation petroleum companies to mix 15 percent of Ethanol in patrol and eventually increase the percentage.
Also, the millers say that carmakers deliberately under-promote such fuels and they need to be serious about the issue. Carmakers in return say that such things cannot be promoted until the fuel is available nationally — like CNG.
But, ethanol producers see oil companies, not carmakers, as their obstacle. “Oil companies should start viewing themselves as fuel providers, not simply sellers of petrol,” said a miller.
Brazil last year sold 866,267 ethanol based cars. Almost half of the 1.7 million vehicles manufactured in Brazil last year for the domestic market were ethanol based vehicles. “When others can save their oil import bills, why can’t we cut it,” asked a miller.
source : INP

2 Comments so far

  1. Destitute Rebel (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 3:23 am

    Good Post, educating the masses is always good, ethenol is a very effective and enviroment friendly fuel alternative and as you said 15% mixing ratio is perfect and works with all cars, I totally agree, in most civilized countries, especially in agricultural based regions every gas station has ethanol based fuel, its cheaper. I used ethenol mixed fuel in my vehicle for 4 years and I had no problems, no alterations were needed.

  2. Muhammad iqbal Shaikh (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I’m Iqbal Shaikh from Hyderabad,Pakistan.

    I want to buy Ethanol Fuel, 500 tons.
    Plz Give me the Complete Details about how can i buy it,
    Like: SHipping Time,Cost of fuel, Transportation,etc.

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    Best regards,
    Iqbal Shaikh.

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