Indonesia: Agriculture Ministry launches trial for B100 biodiesel fuel

  • The Agriculture Ministry started on 15 Apr 19 the trial period for the use of a 100% biodiesel (B100) of fuel that uses fatty acid methyl ester from crude palm oil (CPO) in a move that expands its reach within the domestic palm oil market and reduces the dependency on imported fossil fuels.
  • Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman said that the trial would involve 50 of the ministry’s official cars and tractors.
  • He said B100 fuel allowed vehicles to travel 13.1 kilometers per liter, which was more efficient than using Solar-branded fossil fuels that limited travel to 9.6 kilometers per liter.
  • The ministry also began discussing the possible mass production of B100 fuel with state-owned enterprises and private companies. Amran estimated the commercial price of B100 to be around Rp 8,000 (57 US cents) per liter.
  • Amran expressed hope that the widespread use of B100 could be implemented to cut imports of fossil fuels and boost the domestic use of CPO amid the European Union’s campaign against the commodity.
  • In another development, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has developed a coprocessing system for gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from palm oil at its existing refineries.
  • “With the coprocessing technology, it will be more efficient because it uses the existing refineries, the only difference being that additional steps occur in the middle of the process to produce gasoline and LPG,” he said, adding that the prices of gasoline relied on the price of crude palm oil (CPO).
  • However, the government will likely need to provide those who are interested in producing gasoline and LPG with incentives as the price of cooking oil is always higher than the price of fuels.

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15-Apr-2019


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