Argentina seen unable to achieve 5% ethanol blend in 2011
(ADPnews) - Nov 29, 2010 - Argentina will not be able to implement the targeted fuel blend containing 5% of ethanol and 95% of petrol (gasoline) in 2011, the president of local sugar chamber Centro Azucarero Argentino, Fernando Nebbia, said last week.
Next year Argentina's ethanol output will stand at 21,500 cu m (759,300 cu ft) a month, enough to supply a blend containing only 4.5% of ethanol, he said.
Although the government targeted to distribute the 5% blend throughout Argentina as of 2010, this year the country is expected to achieve a 2.7% blend due to its insufficient ethanol production.
Therefore, the blend containing 5% of ethanol is currently sold only in some northern and central parts.
Among the studied options for increasing the ethanol output is the cultivation of sorghum in northwestern Argentina in order to have new raw material. The sugar refiners can process sorghum without any new investments, Nebbia said.