Thailand's alternative fuel sales double

Other News Materials 18 April 2008 08:22 (UTC +04:00)

Sales of alternative fuels, such as gasohol and biodiesel, more than doubled in Thailand during the first quarter as world oil prices pushed past 100 dollar per barrel, media reports said Friday. ( dpa )

Sales of gasohol, a mix of petrol and ethanol made from sugar or tapioca, reached 7.4 million litres per day during the first three months of the year, compared with 3.6 million litres per day in the same period in 2007, The Nation newspaper said, citing Viraphol Jirapraditkul, director general of the Energy Policy and Planning Office.

During the first quarter, sales of biodiesel hit 5.9 million litres, up 778 per cent from 0.68 million from a year earlier, Viraphol said.

Biodiesel in Thailand is made from a mix of diesel and refined palm oil.