Following the initiative of the national Petrochemical Concern (Belneftekhim), Belarus may launch the production of Diesel fuel with a 5% biofuel content in 2010, a concern representative told Interfax.
The corresponding project is being analysed by the Belarusian government, the source added.
The project stipulates setting up production facilities that would annually put out 100,000 tonnes of methyl ether out of rape oil and methanol. That ether would then be added to regular Diesel fuel made of mineral raw stuff. The facilities are expected to be built on the premises of Grodno Azot OJSC and Mogilevkhimvolokno OJSC, the source reported.
The project would enable Belarus to annually save around 300,000 tonnes of oil. The estimated cost of the project is $50 million.
According to the concern, Belarus' annual Diesel fuel consumption makes 2 million tonnes.