Panama: Use of Bioethanol Postponed

The Panamanian government has delayed until next September using anhydride ethanol as an oxygenate additive in gasoline, which was planned to start in April.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The proposed amendments to Law 42 of 20 April 2001 on establishing the guidelines for a national policy on biofuels and energy was presented by the Minister of the Presidency, Roberto Henriquez, who was assisted by Vincent Prescott, Energy Secretary.

In light of communications from importers, distributors of fossil fuels, their derivatives and biofuels, and contractors in free zones where the fuel will be mixed, in which they reported that they are not ready for gasoline mixtures containing 2% anhydrous ethanol for the date of April 1, 2013, the Secretariat and the governing body has appointed a committee.

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Panama: Shortage of Ethanol to Mix with Gasoline

August 2014

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.

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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.

The pilot plan to be implemented by the Guatemalan government has the support of the Organization of American States and aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels in the country.

Sugarcane Bioethanol

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The experience and effective adoption of ethanol in Brazil, reveals an inexorable trend in this industry for any economy.

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Panama to Use Biofuel from 2013

May 2012

The Biofuels Act provides that from April 2013 2% anhydrous ethanol will be incorporated into vehicle fuel.

By 2014 that percentage will increase to reach 5%. The progress in increasing the presence of ethanol in the fuel used by motorists will continue, reaching 7% in 2015, and 10% in 2016.

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