Turkey has waived a requirement to mix 3% ethanol into gasoline for three months as part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak.
The temporary removal of the blending obligation, effective from March 13 to June 13, was announced on Friday by Turkey’s industry and technology minister Mustafa Varank. Its aim is to divert local ethanol production from the fuel industry to help meet growing demand for the production of disinfectants and cologne. Traditional Turkish cologne has been much in demand in recent weeks due to its high ethanol content and its disinfectant properties, local media reports.
Thanks to the suspension of the blending obligation, 20,000 cubic metre ethanol capacity will be released for the production of disinfectants and colognes, Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority calculates, as cited by Anadolu Agency.
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