Interest is focused on the higuerilla, or castor-oil plant as possible source of fuel for cement factories.
The initiative forms part of Holcim's world-wide plans to seek alternative fuels. Interest in the castor-oil plant has been sparked by research already done in India.
The minister of the Environment and Energy, Roberto Dobles, reported that starting March they will begin to sell the fuel at gas stations.
According to elnuevodiario.com.ni, "The official said that the order, which was prepared at his ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, seeks to promote the creation and the development of a "national industry" for bio-fuels, which will help to reduce dependence on imported fuels and decrease gas emissions during the high (rainy) season."
The country's ethanol producer has stopped supplying the additive to fuel distribution companies.
Extract from resolution 2188 issued by the National Secretariat of Energy and published in the official newspaper of Panama, La Gaceta:
....that the company Campos de Pesé SA, the only company producing anhydrous ethanol used for blending with gasoline, has suspended sales of this product to importing companies - distributors of fuels, which creates a situation of shortage of anhydrous ethanol for blending with gasoline.
Sustainable Power Corp. acquired 1000 acres of land close to Guatemala City where they will built a biomass reactor and bio-fuel plant.
The release states that the agreement includes the construction of factory close to Guatemala City that will be used for testing and to start the production of bio-fuels. SSTP, a subsidiary, will spend $4 million to start operations.
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