LAHORE: Pakistan State Oil on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 extended
the alternate fuel ‘E10 Gasoline’ pilot project to Lahore
with the dedication of a terminal at its Service Station No. 22, Block
A, Model Town.
The project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at Islamabad
on August 16, 2006. Later, Mr. Jalees Ahmed Siddiqi, Managing Director
& CEO, PSO, had launched the project at Karachi on August 29, 2006.
The Lahore pilot project, like in Karachi and Islamabad, will be conducted
for six months, with 25 pre-identified vehicles using Ethanol-blended
Gasoline in each city. The monitoring of these vehicles will be carried
out by the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP).
The new fuel – ten percent ethanol blended with motor gasoline
– is being introduced experimentally as part of government’s
strategy to promote alternate energy resources.
At its launching in Islamabad, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had described
the pilot project as a landmark for energy security of the country,
cleaner environment and welfare of the people. He had added with the
introduction of E-10 gasoline, Pakistan has joined those few nations
who sell blended fuel.
Ethanol, a byproduct of molasses through distillation, would not only
be comparatively cheaper but also enhance performance of the engine
through lead removal. It would also benefit the farmer, who would feel
attracted to grow more sugarcane and get adequate compensation.
The project was approved by the Prime Minister on July 27, 2006 and
he had asked Pakistan State Oil to launch it with technical collaboration
The other countries where ethanol is already being used as fuel are
Brazil, Thailand, the USA and India, while Zambia has also recently
announced its plans to go for ethanol-blended gasoline.