Tico Gas to Include 7% Ethanol in 2008

June 29, 2007

Costa Rican gasoline will have at least 7% ethanol by the second half of 2008, an effort to reduce contamination produced by hydrocarbons, according to the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE).

The refinery’s longer-term goal is for gas to contain 10%-15% ethanol by 2011. Additionally, it will strive for fuel containing 2-5% biodiesel obtained from palm oil to be available for diesel consumers.

To produce the ethanol necessary for this change, the government will promote the cultivation of sugarcane and industrial cassava (TT,May 11).

The introduction of ethanol will be carried out slowly so that consumers can get used to this new product and to guarantee availability of prime agricultural materials necessary for its production.

During the next two weeks, the refinery, which has a monopoly on refining and distributing fuels in the country, will be opening bidding on an expansion of its plant to equip it to handle ethanol and biodiesel.

 

You may be interested

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year
Environment and Wildlife
1033 views
Environment and Wildlife
1033 views

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year

Ed Bernhardt - December 16, 2017

A warm holiday greeting from the garden to all our readers. Another year has come to an end, and it’s…

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets
Central America
1799 views
Central America
1799 views

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets

Noe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017

Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
2569 views
Please Send Coffee!
2569 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…