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The Ministry of Industry and Trade has requested all possible means to ensure sufficient supply of ethanol as materials to produce bio-fuel E5, according to head of the ministry’s Science and Technology Department Nguyen Phu Cuong.

An ongoing scheme counts four qualified ethanol manufacturers across the country, which should ensure enough supply of ethanol to make E5 – a blend of conventional petrol and ethanol.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said the government is promoting the use of E5, which costs 330 VND per litre less than conventional petrol.

During a meeting on September 3, Deputy Director of Quang Ngai Industry and Trade Department Nguyen An reported that all filling stations in the province are selling E5 which has become popular.

However, he also expressed concern over a lack of the biofuel for sale in the coming time due to limited ethanol stock.

The biggest obstacles facing E5 manufacturers are capital and supply of input materials, he added.-VNA