The government of Thailand is thinking about delaying the introduction of E20 as basic gasoline in the country, available at all gas stations, till next year,  Bangkok Post reported earlier in July, citing Nanthika Thangsupanich, head of the Energy Business Department. 

Making E20 the fundamental petrol was initially set for October 2020. 

The potential postponement is because of the coronavirus pandemic which has seen Thailand use ethanol for the production of hand sanitiser over the past three months, the newspaper says.

Thailand adopted E20 more than 10 years ago to promote ethanol from molasses and cassava, but consumption has been below the government's hopes, according to the article. Last year daily use of E20 was 6.5 million litres, accounting for 20% of total petrol use.

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