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Government to Complete B30 tests in September

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The Indonesian government is scheduled to complete testing of the use of B30 biodiesel mixture for passenger vehicles and trucks later this month, an energy and mineral resource ministry official said Monday (2/9).

“Testing for the use of this B30 will be completed in the month of September 2019,” The head of the Research and Development of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dadan Kusdiana, said in a written statement received by the Palm Scribe.

To boost domestic consumption of palm oil domestically amid weak global market prices, the government is planning to make mandatory the use of B30, a 30 percent mixture of palm oil-based biofuel and hydrocarbon diesel oil, for the diesel-fueled vehicle. Since September last year, the use of B20 has been mandatory for the same categories of vehicles.

The testing of the B30 biodiesel has been conducted for 18 hours a day since about four months ago, on a number of vehicles that includes those with a deadweight of up to 3,l5 ton, such as passenger vehicles in general, and those of over 3.5 tons, such as trucks.

“The report on the results of the testing will be submitted by the head of the Research and Development of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to the minister of Energy and Mineral Resources who in turn will report it to the President of the Republic of Indonesia,” Dadan said in his written statement.

At a previous occasion last Thursday, Dadan has said in Bandung, West Java, that it was agreed during a recent meeting led by President Joko Widodo that the use of B30 for a diesel-fueled vehicle would start to be implemented on January 1, 2020. Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, however, was quoted as having said on the same day that the start of the use of the B30 may even be earlier, in November as preparation was nearing completion.

Dadan was also quoted as saying that in general, the testing of B30 on diesel-fueled vehicles had shown positive results, citing as an example better engine combustion compared to those engines using B20. The testings were held 18 hours every day since about four months ago, and Dadan said that passenger vehicles were tested over a distance of 640 kilometers while trucks were tested for some 340 kilometers. Officials have repeatedly said that the use of B30 will be able to reduce solar consumption by about three million kiloliters.

Last month, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arcandra Tahar said that the mandatory use of B20 in the first seven months of this year had already led to savings of some $1.66 billion or around Rp 23 trillion.

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