Hanoi will officially sell bio-fuel E5 at 42 petrol stations from next month onwards, according to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade.

Specifically, the city will distribute the bio-fuel, which is made up of unleaded gasoline and 5 percent ethanol, at 28 filling stations in December, and at 14 remaining stations in next February.

Since 2008, the bio-fuel was sold by the Hanoi Oil and Gas JSC under the PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOil Hanoi) in five out of its eight outlets.

Earlier in September, Quang Ngai province took the lead in the sale of the bio-fuel, replacing the traditional Mogas 92. Da Nang City and Quang Nam province also distributed gasoline E5 from October.

From December 1, 2015 onwards, the fuel will be sold nationwide at all filling stations.

According to the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), the total consumption of E5-RON 92 nationwide between August 2010 and August 2014 reached 105,940 cu.m. In the first eight months of this year, the volume hit 31,000 cu.m, equivalent to the figure of the whole 2013.

Communication work should be enhanced further to raise public awareness of the benefit of using gasoline E5, said Tran Thi Phuong Lan, Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Industry and Trade said.-VNA