Nearly three weeks since RON92 grade petrol was replaced with E5 bio-fuel, customers have questioned the bio fuel’s quality, Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.
The quality of E5 bio fuel in Việt Nam is ensured and meets international standards. All features, capacity and fuel consumption remain the same, and in some criteria E5 is better than RON 92, officials said.
Many motorbike owners are still unsure if the new E5 fuel being sold nationwide suits their vehicles, and authorities need to improve public awareness accordingly, officials admit.
Việt Nam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) plans to sell diesel meeting Euro 5 emissions standards from January 1, 2018, becoming the first company to distribute diesel of the highest quality in Việt Nam.
The Việt Nam National Petroleum Corporation (Petrolimex) and PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOil) on Friday officially began the supply of E5 RON92 biofuel for sale nationwide.
Southern cities and provinces are ready to switch from the RON92 grade petrol to E5 biofuel starting next year, but concerns remain over its pricing and consumer preference.
The retail prices of RON 92 petrol and E5 bio-fuel remained unchanged at VNĐ18,580 (81 US cents) and VNĐ18,243 per litre, respectively, at 3pm on Tuesday after continuous increases in recent months.
The domestic retail price of RON 92 petroleum increased by VNĐ434 to trade at a maximum of VNĐ18, 580 (81 US cents) per litre, as of 3pm on Monday.
Experts and businesses are raising concerns about the shortage of E5 bio-fuel supply as there are two months left for E5 to be fully replaced RON 92 petrol.