Gasohol consumption on the rise

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BANGKOK, 11 February 2013  The Department of Energy Business reported a continued rise in gasohol demand as benzene 91 is expected to become unavailable by the end of March. 

Director-General Viraphol Jirapraditakul said that refineries in Thailand have already halted the production of 91 octane petrol since Jan 1, 2013, but its sales have been allowed to continue until March to get rid of its stocks.

Mr Viraphol said orders for E20 petrol have risen from 1.4 million litres to over two million litres per day. He expected the gasohol consumption to reach 2.5 million by the end of this year. The domestic consumption of 95 octane petrol, or benzene 95, has also risen from 100,000 litres to one million litres per day.

The senior official predicted that the sales of 91 octane petrol should come to a complete halt nationwide in March, with existing stock at Bangkok stations projected to run out by the end of February.