There are trying to stop production of 91 Gas

ray23

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This happens and you have older bike I uderstand yuo still ahve options it tkaes special ruubber componets in your fuel system, question is wher do yuo find them. Sooner or later we are going to deal with this.

The president of Bangchak Petroleum voices his full support to the government's plan to scrap sales of gasoline 91 and biodiesel B2 in Thailand. He also expects local oil prices not to rise in a couple of days.

Bangchak Petroleum President Anusorn Sangnimnuan expects local oil prices not to change in the next couple of days even if there is little decrease in the global oil price. Anusorn reasons that Thailand's oil prices depend on the prices in Singapore's market, which are expected to remain unchanged for a couple of days.

[quote:3hlp9i1n]Anusorn predicts that the global oil price in the latter half of this year will soar to 70 to 80 US dollars a barrel. However, he expects that the yearly average will be at only 55 US dollars this year.

Regarding a plan to cancel the sales of gasoline 91 and biodiesel B2, the Bangchak Petroleum President says his company is ready to comply with the plan initiated by the Energy Ministry. He says the company has experienced problems in its product management due to various types of fuel in its stock.

Anusorn adds that a 70-percent increase in domestic biodiesel B5 consumption reflects that most consumers are interested in using alternative energy.
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ray23

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Now we are getting to the real reason:

Business » Economics

BIOFUELS

Petrol phase-out targets ethanol glut
By: YUTHANA PRAIWAN
Published: 2/07/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: BusinessThe government aims to clear the ethanol surplus with a controversial policy to phase out regular petrol from the market, a senior Energy Ministry official says.

In 2002, the Thaksin Shinawatra administration granted licences to ethanol producers as part of its policy to replace pure petrol with alternative fuels.

But inconsistent energy policy and frequent changes of government have led to excessive ethanol supply, creating losses for ethanol producers.

Pure petrol has also remained available in the market.

Thailand's ethanol output is 1.3 million litres per day. Current capacity is 2 million litres a day, but is set to increase by another 800,000 litres a day this year.

Premium petrol is now priced about 9.90 to 10.80 baht per litre more than gasohol, depending on the level of the state Oil Fund and excise tax.

Most vehicles can run on gasohol, said the senior official. But many motorists still prefer to use pure petrol, even though the agency has worked to keep gasohol between 3.80 and 4.60 baht per litre cheaper than regular petrol.

"We need to limit their choices otherwise we would never make it happen," said the official. "Some motorists never change their mind as they believe that pure petrol can boost efficiency of engines, while gasohol could lower its efficiency."

Regular petrol consumption has stayed at 8 million litres per day this year despite gasohol being priced much lower, which could mean price is inadequate as a motive for switching. Ethanol consumption is now 1.2 million litres per day.

An additional spur for promoting ethanol is that Energy Minister Wannarat Channukul is a member of Parliament representing Nakhon Ratchasima province, home to Thailand's largest cassava plantations. Cassava is one of two crops used to produce ethanol.

"If he [Mr Wannarat] does nothing to solve the ethanol surplus problem, his votes may decrease in the next election," said the official.

"The policy of phasing out regular petrol was implemented in his term for this reason."

Panich Pongpirodom, director-general of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, said the agency had been trying to make motorists trust gasohol by launching the 100,000- kilometre gasohol test run for passenger cars and motorcycles in 2007.

"I think the result was clear enough to educate those motorists to know that gasohol does not harm their vehicles engines, even models from before 1995," said Dr Panich.

The state agency had also sought co-operation from motorcycle producers in certifying the test results but has yet to receive a response.

Adisak Rohitasune, senior vice-president of Asian Honda Motor Co, the motorcycle market leader, said all four-stroke models could run on gasohol, but most two-stroke motorcycles could not. "So some motorcycle owners, who are mostly on low incomes, would suffer from the decision," he said
 

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June issue of National Geo headline, Page 30, and of course they are referring to 100% ethanol;

FOOD VERSUS FUEL: THE CORN USED TO MAKE A 25-GALLON TANK OF ETHANOL WOULD FEED ONE PERSON FOR A YEAR.

One reason I believe this:

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ray23

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Don 't doubt that a bit this is about Thailand getting rid of the stuff. Then of course they will make more. Seems to be primarily Casaba