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Minister points finger at Pertamina over B20 problems

The Jakarta Post, 3 December 2018

Economic Affairs Coordinating Minister Darmin Nasution pointed his finger at Pertamina, which he said was half-heartedly implementing the mandatory 20% biodiesel blend (B20) policy, as the company had yet to find a solution to the supply problem of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), a raw material for producing biodiesel. The government in October decided to cut distribution channels for biodiesel as FAME suppliers are facing difficulties distributing it to 86 biodiesel processing facilities owned by Pertamina.

Pertamina Logistics, Supply Chain, and Infrastructure Director Gandhi Sriwidodo has vowed the company would overcome the supply issue that was had become its main obstacle in implementing the policy. He said the company had tried to overcome the issue by reducing FAME drop points from about 68 to 25.

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