Guatemala: Pilot Plan for Biofuel

The Government has announced the creation of a unit focused on the incorporation of ethanol into the fuel energy matrix.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), with technical and financial support from the Organization of American States will create a biofuels unit to incorporate a pilot plan to replace 5% of the gasoline used with ethanol.

Luis Ayala, CEO of hydrocarbons at the MEM, said: "The new unit will be attached to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons at the MEM and will start work in the second half of this year. It will be responsible for the design of all policies, rules and procedures necessary for the implementation of biofuels, especially ethanol, in the energy mix of fuels."

"... One of the first tasks of the new unit will be the implementation of a pilot scheme for the use of ethanol in motor vehicles, which will be performed with a small fleet."

"The present government seeks to emulate the experience of countries that have been gradually transforming their energy matrix in order to reduce dependence on imports of fossil fuels."



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The tests to be carried out over six months in 20 vehicles consist of mixing from 1% to 10% ethanol with different gasolines used in the country.

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The report was commissioned by the Organization of American States (OAS) to the firm Hart Energy and was delivered this week the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

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