Lahore gets Bio-Fuelled

Continuing progress on its pilot project, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has launched ‘E10 Gasoline’, now in Lahore, after its run in Islamabad and Karachi.

The Lahore part of this pilot project, like in Islamabad and Karachi, will be conducted for six months involving 25 pre-identified vehicles to be run on Ethanol-blended gasoline. Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) will be monitoring these vehicles through this time.

‘E10 Gasoline’ is ten-percent ethanol and its success can prove to be a significant progress in terms of developing an important alternative energy resource. It can readily be available in an agrarian country like Pakistan; is very environment friendly; cheaper and enhances engine performance by removing lead deposits.

This one step can become the first significant initiative in reducing our increased dependence on imported fuel, and can be really helpful in providing cheaper and environmental friendly energy solution to our country’s thriving economy.

6 Comments so far

  1. lahoree (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 5:54 am

    I agree this new fuel will be environmentally friendly, but how much cheaper is it likely to be compared to petrol and diesel? I have a sneaky feeling that the government will cash into this and charge a hefty tax. The lesson to be learnt is, no matter what you do to benefit society, the consumer (i.e. public) loose out!

  2. Shoaib (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:47 am

    But if the government does earn more money, despite the corruption, some of it will be spent on welfare and such, and in the end will end up bettering the society.

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    The price issue is still not clear. There’s no doubt about bio-fuel that’s more economical to produce, however, our government’s hefty taxing of it may make it, again, unaffordable for the masses.

  4. Tariq (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    Well currently the fuel is priced at Rs 1.50 less than petrol. That’s a minor advantage, but it is more environ-friendly and will lower our fuel import bill if tests are successful.

  5. Shamshad Sheikh (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    Ethanol may OR may not have effects on the long running of the engine..still under study and still unclear and outcome be vary depending upon which organization/state pushes which agenda.

    However Brazil uses bio-fuels significantly (between 40% – 100%) on cars I’ve heard.

    A country like Pakistan which has so much land resources to grow sugar cane (for bio-fuel) can or should looks at more bio-fuel alternatives.

  6. Cameo Iccoca (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

    talking of abundant land resources and surplus sugar cane, did everybody forget the very recent sugar crises????

    Just imagine what havoc these sugar cartel will make once we are dependent on sugar based energy
    its hopeless here, all cause of musharaaf !!!!

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