E10 to become new standard fuel

STANDARD unleaded petrol will no longer be available to NSW drivers after July 1 next year, with the State Government legislating a minimum biofuel ratio.

Under the Biofuel Act, all regular petrol sold in NSW will have to contain at least 10 per cent of ethanol, State Minister for Planning Tony Kelly said.

Part of the Government’s 10-year biofuels strategy, the new minimum ratio would provide certainty for the biofuels industry to invest in new processing plants and jobs, he said.

“Regional NSW is well-placed to benefit from new biofuel manufacturing facilities, which produce fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, by producing raw materials such as waste starch, sugar cane, maize, canola and waste cooking oil,” Mr Kelly said.

Most cars manufactured after 1986 and currently run on regular unleaded petrol are E10 compatible.

BP also guarantees that its ethanol fuel is fully compatible with any vehicle built since 1986.

Ethanol-free premium unleaded will still be available for older vehicles, boats and small engines that cannot use E10.

The ethanol blend is regarded as cleaner, greener and cheaper.

Although the new minimum does not come into place until next year, many oil companies have begun converting service stations.

Figures show 2.5 billion litres of E10 have been sold in NSW, reducing petrol imports by 200 million litres worth $140 million.

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