• Ethanol output double, still short of demand

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    The Philippines has doubled its production of ethanol last year to 222 million liters from 114 million liters from but it is still short of demand.

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    Rosemarie Gumera, Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) manager for policy and planning said the country stil cannot meet the demand for 400 million liters of ethanol.

    According to Gumera, local ethanol production has been steadily increasing from 71.5 million liters in 2013.

    Among the new makers of ethanol are Universal Robina Corp. (URC), Kooll Co. and Far East Alcohol.

    Kooll and Far East started started production recently while URC started production in December last year.

    Gumera said URC’s ethanol facility in Negros Oriental produces 30 million liters, Kooll Company’s facility in Negros Occidental contributes 12 million liters and Far East Alcohol’s facility in Pampanga has 15 million liters capacity.

    Gokongwei Group’s URC earlier said that it received its first fuel ethanol order from independent oil firm Flying V. As part of the deal, URC will supply Flying V with fuel-grade anhydrous ethanol suitable for gasoline blending under an agreement signed onDecember 8.

    The ethanol supply will be sourced out by URC from its newly inaugurated fuel ethanol plant in Barangay Tamisu, Bais City in Negros Oriental.

    The facility has a rated production capacity of 100,000 liters per day of fuel-grade ethanol using sugar molasses generated from three sugar mills in Negros.

    Apart from the said three players, other ethanol producers include Leyte Agri Corp. San Carlos Bioenergy Corp., Roxol Bioenergy and Green Futures Innovations.

    According to Gumera, Green Futures failed to deliver its full capacity last year due to “operational problems.”

    Green Futures is supposed to be the country’s biggest ethanol producer with 54 million liters target capacity.

    In 2014, Gumera said Roxol produced the largest volume amounting to 35 million liters.

    The Biofuels Law of 2006 mandates a 10 percent ethanol blend for gasoline (E10).

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has directed oil companies to purchase ethanol from local producers prior to resorting to importation.

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