Gasohol in Phuket by Monday

PHUKET: Gasohol will available at all 14 PTT gas stations on the island by Monday, Vichitpong Cheanthongsub, PTT Oil Phuket Depot Manager, told the Gazette yesterday.

“Gasohol became available throughout the South yesterday [on Thursday], but some PTT gas stations are still in the process of having the tanks installed. PTT gas stations in Phuket will have gasohol available for the public within two days,” he said.

Gasohol, also known as E10, developed in Thailand by the Royal Chitrlada Project, uses 99.5% pure ethyl alcohol sourced from sugarcane, which is blended with gasoline at the ratio of 1:9 to make gasohol, an alternative fuel with properties similar to 95-octane unleaded gasoline.

The PTT attests that the fuel can be used by any vehicles requiring 95-octane gasoline and can be blended with gasoline left in a tank without causing any damage to engines, with no engine tuning required. It is generally suitable for any gasoline-engined vehicle of less than 10 years old.

On a national scale, the PTT says that using gasohol-blended fuel can reduce the amount of gasoline used by the country by 10%, or 2 million liters a day, saving some 10 billion baht a year in crop price support alone.

Until now, gasohol has been available only in Bangkok and its immediate surrounding provinces. Gasohol usually retails for around 1.5 baht less per liter than 95-octane gasoline. A number of other gas stations are set to begin selling gasohol next month.

Phuket News

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