Ethanol gasoline blend E5 accounted for 6.3 percent of consumption in Ho Chi Minh City at the end of April, reported the city Department of Industry and Trade.
|A filling station in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)|
The blend was available at 279 out of 526 filling stations in the city at that time. Total consumption averaged 8,000 cubic meters a month, up 20 percent over the end of last year.
Consumers have still been in the habit of filling A92 and A95 gasoline, resulting in ineffective trading of E5 product and discouraging businesses.
The Government has instructed eight provinces and cities including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Can Tho, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and HCMC to sell E5 gasoline at all filling stations in their localities and stop providing Ron 92 by June 1 this year.
Other provinces and cities have been asked to provide the blend at 50 percent of their stations and replace 50 percent of Ron 92 with E5 by the time.