April 17, 2013 / 2:13 PM / 6 years ago

Argentina orders more biodiesel used in diesel mix

BUENOS AIRES, April 17 (Reuters) - Diesel fuel sold in
Argentina will include a bigger proportion of biodiesel, the
government decided this month as part of its push to conserve
gasoline after the country's main refinery was damaged by fire
in early April.
    By June 1, diesel sold at Argentine gas stations will
include 10 percent biodiesel, up from the current 7 percent,
according to a government rule issued on April 8 and seen by
Reuters on Wednesday.
    The South American grains powerhouse is a major producer of
soybean, which are used to make biodiesel. The increase in the
use of the fuel comes after flash floods sparked a fire at the
La Plata refinery, owned by state-controlled oil company YPF
 early this month. 
    The refinery is working at less-than-full capacity while the
fire damage is repaired.

 (Reporting by Nicolas Misculin, writing by Hugh Bronstein;
editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)
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