Financial Express. India plans to introduce the mandatory blending of 10% ethanol (E10) into gasoline across the entire country from June 2007, according to Shri M. S. Srinivasan, Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
The use of 5% ethanol blends, currently in three Indian states, will spread to the rest of the country by 15 Nov. India will need 1.12 billion liters (296 million gallons US) of ethanol per year for the move to E10.
“We expect substantial availability of ethanol for 10 per cent blending as new capacities are being created and we are expecting a bumper crop of sugarcane,” [Srinivasan] said.
Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar, said on Wednesday that sugar production in the cane crushing season that began in October was likely to reach 22.7 million tonnes, up from 19 million tonnes in the year ago period.
India also plans to replace around 5% of its current 40 million tonnes of annual diesel consumption with jatropha biodiesel within about five years, as it tries to limit oil imports that account for 70 per cent of its needs.