Ukraine to produce biofuel of algae
Ukrainian National News Agency
KYIV, May 17 /UKRINFORM/. The Cabinet plans to produce biofuel of a special type of alga, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko informed.
«Jointly with scientists we elaborated a program that will enable to provide Ukraine with petrol and diesel oil from biological raw materials. It is the world know-how, it is not grown on the land, it is not the beet, the sunflower, or other cultures, the matter concerns a special type of alga that grows in special tubes», she said.
In December 2006, the Cabinet endorsed a program for development of diesel biofuel's production for 2007-2010.
Ukraine plans to construct by 2010 not less than 20 plants for production of diesel biofuel of total capacity not less than 623 thousand tons a year.
On April 25, a special biofuel filling station started to work in Chernivtsi, the first in Ukraine and in East European countries.
Two types of motor fuel, made of biological raw materials, are sold at the filling station: an analogue of high octane petrol BIO-100 fuel and biodiesel. The biofuel price is 50 kopecks less (UAH 5.50/l) against analogues of oil products.