Indonesia allocates additional 72,000 KL unblended biodiesel for B30 trial

Indonesia’s energy ministry approved an additional allocation of 72,000 kilo litres (KL) of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), made from palm oil, to run a comprehensive trial for its B30 program, an official said.

The country aims to implement the B30 in 2020 - a mandatory program for biodiesel containing 30% of palm-based fuel, higher than the current 20%.

Indonesia will run the trial later this month through until December, the ministry’s director of bioenergy Andriah Feby Misna said, ahead of the 2020 launch of the mandatory biodiesel program.

Earlier this month, the Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI) estimated the trial would consume an additional 250,000-400,000 KL of FAME.

The trial is aimed at testing the readiness of B30 in trucks and ships, as well as its distribution system through eight delivery points and pipelines, Misna said.

Allocation of FAME in November and December is set at 209,238 KL for Indonesia’s ongoing B20 biodiesel program and B30 trial, a ministerial decree showed on Monday (Reporting by Wilda Asmarini, Writing by Fransiska Nangoy, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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