Costa Rica opts for gasoline cocktail

Costa Rica will put gasoline with a 7.5 percent content of sugarcane alcohol on sale from October. Diesel will have up to 5 percent content of palm-oil biodiesel.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Julio Matamoros, the deputy energy minister, said the price will depend on international markets, though domestic production should meet the first-year's demand for biodiesel.

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Six years after having started the program to incorporate it into the energy matrix, the percentage of ethanol in gasoline has fallen by 4.6% in 2006 to 1.4 in 2011.

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