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Thailand may cut green levy on fuel

Thailand Energy Minister Wannarat Charnnukul said the 0.50 baht per liter (US$0.01) environmental levy on RON 91 and 95 gasoline and B2 might be abolished, “The contribution is aimed at investing in dual-rail tracks [for electric trains] but both the transportation ministry and the finance ministry have no clear plan if the project will be viable, so we agree that the contribution should be waived,” he said. Cancellation of the levy is subject to the approval of the National Energy Policy Council, said Wannarat. (July 22, 2009)