The Palm Scribe

Govt accelerates B30 implementation despite slow B20 progress

Kontan Harian, 9 October 2018

The Industry Ministry will speed up the implementation of 30% biodiesel blend (B30) mandate ahead of the initial 100% distribution target of 2020. Industry Ministry Forest and Plantation Products Industry Director Edy Sutopo said the ministry expected to see 100% distribution of B20 this year, followed by 100% distribution of B25 and B30 in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Edy said that the ministry is currently using esterification technology and will use cracking technology with catalyst in the future in order to accelerate biodiesel production. Edy explained that the B30 expansion is expected to control the price of crude palm oil (CPO) and reduce current account deficit.

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