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London — Biodiesel sales in the UK hit a record high in August of 133 million liters, up 14% on the month and more than doubling on the year, according to customs data. Ethanol sales also reached the highest so far this year at 67 million liters, up 3.1% on the month and 4.7% on the year.

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Biofuel consumption far outperformed the equivalent fossil fuel consumption. Diesel demand was unchanged on the month and up 1.9% on the year to 2.575 billion liters, bringing the August biodiesel incorporation rate to 5.2%, from 4.5% in July and 2.5% the previous year.

Gasoline demand gained 0.4% on the month but dropped 3.3% on the year to 1.398 billion liters, which brought the ethanol incorporation rate to 4.8% on a volume basis, slightly above 4.7% in July and 4.4% a year earlier.

So far this year, biodiesel consumption totaled 736 million liters, an increase of 58% compared with the same period in 2017.

Meanwhile, cumulative diesel sales amounted to 20.116 billion liters, 0.7% higher on the year.

Ethanol consumption in the first eight months of the year totaled 501 million liters, an increase of 1.4% when compared with the same period in 2017. On the other hand, gasoline sales dropped by 2.0% on the year to 10.974 billion liters.

For 2018, S&P Global Platts Analytics expects biodiesel sales in the UK to increase to 812 million liters from 687.50 million liters in 2017, while ethanol sales are expected to increase to 760 million liters, from 753 million liters last year, despite the closure of the Vivergo plant. Both are expected to be supported by the rise of the biofuels mandate to 7.25% in April, from 4.75%.

--Chrysa Glystra, chrysa.glystra@spglobal.com

--Edited by James Leech, james.leech@spglobal.com