Energy Ministry uncertain about abolishing benzene 91 sales

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BANGKOK, 26 April 2012 – The Energy Minister still has not decided about putting an end to benzene 91 sales, citing it might continue to increase the gap between benzene and gasohol prices so that more people would switch to consuming more gasohol. 

Energy Minister Arak Chonlatanon said the plan to cancel benzene 91 sales on October 1st, as approved by the Cabinet, remains unclear; the ministry may decide not to cancel it. However, the government has been encouraging motorists to use alternative energy such as gasohol.

He explained that the ministry will conduct a study on alternative energy campaigns and may increase subsidy for gasohol so that people would choose gasohol over benzene.

Meanwhile, Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited has opened its new Bangchak Green Station on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Rd, selling alternative energy such as gasohol E10, E20, E85 and biodiesel. Solar cell panels will be installed to provide electricity in the gas station and shop. Other energy-saving equipment will also be set up in order to show support to the government’s energy-saving policy.