Turkey has temporarily scrapped the requirement to include ethanol in gasoline in a bid to boost disinfectant production in the country to help stem the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s industry and technology minister said on Friday.
“The obligation to mix 3% ethanol into gasoline is suspended for three months. Thus, the ethanol demand of refineries will decrease,” Mustafa Varank said.
The move aims to help meet ethanol needs to boost the production of disinfectant and Turkish cologne (kolonya).
Cologne is a traditional ethanol-based scented disinfectant in Turkey.
The strategic decision by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority’s (EMRA), valid through June 13,