Caltex achieves new milestone of over 150
service stations selling ethanol blend petrol
April 18, 2007
Caltex announced today it had achieved a new milestone for the
number of Caltex supplied service stations selling ethanol blended
E10 Unleaded, which contains 10 percent ethanol blended with
regular unleaded petrol, is now sold at over 150 sites in the
Caltex service station network from Cairns to Canberra. This is
more than triple the number of sites selling E10 Unleaded in
There are currently 69 sites in the Caltex network in Queensland
selling E10 Unleaded, 81 in NSW and 3 in the ACT.
"Caltex is committed to making a significant contribution to the
development of a sustainable biofuels industry in Australia,"
Caltex Managing Director and CEO Des King said. "Reaching the
milestone of 150 sites is a great achievement for Caltex and our
"The latest Caltex research shows over 50 per cent of motorists in
Sydney and Brisbane who have not yet used ethanol blend petrol
would consider using it. This is encouraging for further market
"All new Australian made cars are suitable for use with a 10 per
cent ethanol blend and also the vast majority of new imported cars.
According to research commissioned by the Australian Government,
about 60 per cent of vehicles in Australia are suitable for use
"E10 Unleaded gives Caltex customers a wider choice of fuels. E10
Unleaded is the choice for the future as it reduces greenhouse gas
emissions and Australia's reliance on fossil fuels.
"Caltex has committed to annual targets under the Australian
Government's Biofuels Action Plan through to 2010. We achieved our
2006 target and are on track to meet our higher target for
"The 2010 Action Plan target of at least 350 million litres of
biofuels blended into the fuel mix is the equivalent of at least
3500 million litres of biofuel blends. This volume is equal to 10
percent of Australian petrol and diesel demand.
"Caltex supports the Government's market-based policy approach and
remains opposed to mandating the use of ethanol. Instead,
governments should ensure that E10 can be priced by suppliers
significantly below regular petrol, so consumers will choose
ethanol blends instead.
"In the near to medium term, this could be achieved through a
production bounty or grant for ethanol producers or some other
financial mechanism, which would allow for a larger discount of
ethanol blends to motorists at the pump and drive higher E10
"However, longer term sustainable development of ethanol will
require commercialisation of much lower cost production through use
of biomass rather than food crops. This emerging technology will
enable large volumes of ethanol to be produced more cheaply and
enable cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."
Details of sites selling E10 Unleaded can be found through the
service station locator at www.caltex.com.au
Information on which vehicles are suitable to use E10 Unleaded is
available at Caltex service stations selling the product and at www.fcai.com.au
Group Manager Corporate Affairs
Phone: 02 9250 5224
Pager: 02 9214 1146