I found that MWC were recommended on the Caswells website as an approved user/provider of their tank liner product. I have read that Caswells has been used by Ducati owners in the USA but perhaps I need to read up more before selecting a lining product. A rock hard, glass like liner (like Caswells) doesn't quite fit with a tank that can expand and contract. Perhaps sealing the inside will stop the tank changing size?
After what has happened in the states I can't imagine we will fair any better here in the UK. Not good PR for Ducati. We really need a permanent fix for this problem.
For UK Ducati owners I have now had a very helpful response from ESSO ...
Thank you for contactimg Esso Customer Care.
May I assure you that any queries received by Esso are taken most seriously
and followed up as appropriate.
Upon receipt of your e-mail I have contacted our Product Quality Advisor,
please see his comments below.
There is currently no mandatory requirement for renewable fuel (such as
ethanol) to be present in super unleaded (97 grade petrol).
Esso super unleaded petrol (branded Esso Energy Supreme) is ethanol free
(except in Devon and Cornwall and shortly Teeside) and we have no intention
in the short or medium term to add ethanol to the majority of our Esso
We would therefore advise anyone who has concerns about the presence of
ethanol in petrol to use Esso Energy Supreme - providing they don't fill up
in Devon, Cornwall or Teeside.
The 5% limit on ethanol content was endorsed by the The Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) - the trade body representing the UKs
They did not believe that E5 would cause any significant issues (that is
not the case with E10).
We are not aware of any issues with Rover derived engines in any make
whether it is TVR, Land Rover or Rovers themselves - as stated earlier E5
is largely the only unleaded available throughout the UK and billions of
litres have been used across the UK and Europe in every petrol engine type
The proportion of ethanol in 95 grade unleaded in the UK is expected to
increase to 10% in the next few years to meet increasing legislated
renewables content, bringing us into line with both France and Germany.
This level of Ethanol is known to have an adverse impact on fuel tank
sealing in a number of vehicles types, certainly there is discussion on the
various TVR forums on E10 compatibility. Perhaps this is the source of
concern - we reiterate E10 is not currently on sale in the UK as a standard
or super grade.
When E10 does become available, the Government has legislated that super
unleaded petrol must be available at least until 1st January 2014 with no
more than 5% ethanol content.
It remains to be seen whether the Government will decide to extend that
deadline, because the introduction of 10% ethanol in unleaded in the UK has
taken longer than originally envisaged.
Finally, you may be interested in the regulations relating to ethanol in
The RTFO was amended in 2009 and is listed under The Renewable Transport
Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2009 Order 843
This fulfils the requirements of the EU's Biofuels Directive of 8 May 2003
and Directive 2009/28/EC of 23rd April 2009
), which promoted the use of energy from renewable sources.