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Ecuador – Government encourages expansion in ethanol production [Registered]

Since 2010, gasoline with a five percent ethanol blend rate has been sold in Guayaquil as part of the ECOPAIS pilot program. ECOPAIS blended fuel (i.e., 87-octane) is to be distributed nationwide, accounting for 45% of the fuel market according to sources. Reportedly President Correa aims to achieve this by the end of 2017. To meet this goal, Ecuador will need to plant an additional 30,000 hectares of sugarcane. The government anticipates that expanded ethanol production will result in US$470 million in new private investment, potentially creating some 9,000 new jobs.…

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