Addis Ababa August 23/2013 Over 8.6 million liters of ethanol has been blended with benzene and supplied to local market over the concluded fiscal year, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said.
Public relation and communication Director with the Ministry, Bizuneh Tolcha told ENA that supplying the stated amount of ethanol blended benzene enables the country to save 7.6 million US dollars.
State has set target to blend 64.4 million liters ethanol with benzene and increase the ethanol content to 25 percent from the current 10 percent, at the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan period.
Commenced blending benzene with ethanol in 2009, the country has so far supplied 39.2 million liters ethanol blended benzene to the local market.
Supplying the stated volume of ethanol blended benzene enables the nation to save 30.9 million USD.
Currently, Nile, Oil Libya and National Oil Company Plc (NOC) are blending benzene with ethanol, produced by the two sugar factories, Metehara and Fincha sugar factories.