Monday, 13 August 2007

UK bioethanol update (2)

I've now been to most of the Morrisons forecourts offering E85 but today was my first visit to the pumps at Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. This required only a minor detour from the A45 which I often use in combination with the A43 as a handy northeast-southwest cross-country route through the Midlands.

As far as I could tell, there was no outward sign at all that the Wellingborough site was offering E85, although the fuel was available at a full set of pumps - which, unlike those at Norwich the other day, weren't padlocked. As usual, E85 was 2p cheaper than unleaded.

It looks like Morrisons now has 16 sites offering E85. The expansion of the network is proceeding only slowly (I think Morrisons has undertaken to provide E85 pumps at every new forecourt it opens) but significantly, there are now six sites - Wellingborough is one - outside the two original clusters in Somerset and East Anglia. The others are at Cardiff (which we used on the Verdict test of the 95 BioPower estate earlier this year), Swadlincote (Derbyshire), Crowborough (East Sussex), Speke (Merseyside) and Johnstone (Scotland).

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