Philippine oil companies believe that the country should suspend its mandate for 10% ethanol in gasoline during the Covid-19 crisis, according to media reports.

The Philippines’ energy secretary has said that the country should use the bioethanol it produces in the making of ethyl alcohol for disinfection and use 100% gasoline now that the price of oil has tumbled. The Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) supports this position, BusinessWorld reported. 

Citing traders, Argus Media, said that a decision to suspend the blending mandate would require legislative changes. At the same time, moving from fuel-grade ethanol to ethyl alcohol would also be a challenge to suppliers.

Last year the Philippines produced 296 million litres of ethanol, meeting around half of its 10% blending needs and used US ethanol for the other half, according to the news source.

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