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Ethanol-blended Unleaded Gasoline 90 Octane by October

The Government will roll out ethanol-blended unleaded gasoline 90 octane by October, following the missed original May 1 deadline.
The postponement was largely due to delays in the construction of the storage facilities in Montego Bay. The reason for the timeline shifting was due to the repairs and tank expansion in Montego Bay as there were some concerns in terms of going through environmental checklist.
He reiterated that the E10 programme is a good one which Jamaica can be proud of having been among the first set of countries to remove harmful additive which was part of petroleum mix of 87 and 90 octane.
As for the subsidy currently attached to the E10 fuel, Robertson explained that this, which he refers to as the marketing tool, will be eliminated once there has been a full roll-out, affording consumers the true cost of the product.
Jamaica imports feed stock used in ethanol production on a competitive tender process through commercially tendered contracts regulated by Cabinet.
Over 100 service stations Island wide were certified to sell E10 for the initial roll-out. The targeted parishes, he said, included St Ann, St Mary, St Thomas, Portland, Manchester, Clarendon, St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew.
Four ethanol skids will be installed to facilitate the blending of E10 87 and E10 90 which would be done in two phases.
Phase one – which was completed last month will constitute the blending of E10 87 on the four existing Regular 87 loading arms while supplying Regular 87 on the two loading arms that are now being used for E10 87.This will result in more loading capacity for E10 87 which is in greater demand than regular 87.
Phase two will constitute the loading of E10 87 and E10 on all four loading bays.

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