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Slovnaft starts selling petrol with bio-additives

THE CRUDE oil refinery group Slovnaft has already started selling 95-octane petrol with ETBE (bio-ethyl tertiary butyl ether) in Slovakia. Petrol with the bio-additive is available at all terminals, as well as all Slovnaft petrol stations.

Slovnaft's spokesperson, Hana Šimková, said that the company should soon start adding ETBE to other types of produced petrol as well.

In September 2006, Slovnaft started selling bio-diesel on the Slovak market.

"By launching bio-diesel and bio-petrol on the Slovak market, the refinery is helping Slovakia fulfil the EU programme for the implementation of bio-fuels, according to which the share of bio-additives in fuels used for transportation should be two percent of the energy content in 2006," said Šimková.

Slovakia is the first country from the Visegrad group (Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland), which produces and sells diesel and petrol with bio-additives on the domestic market.

Šimková said that, as with methyl-ester made from rapeseed oil (MERO), another petrol additive, ETBE receives a tax break as well.

The Hungarian crude oil and gas giant MOL is the majority shareholder of Slovnaft, controlling 98.4 percent.

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