Jakarta – The Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) has said it will start the trial use of 40 percent biodiesel (B40) fuel in March, as a follow-up to the successful implementation of 30 percent biodiesel (B30) fuel.
APROBI chairman MP Tumanggor said the trial, starting in March, was in line with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's plan to implement B40 fuel fully in January 2021, as reported by kompas.com on Monday.
"I just received a letter from the oil and gas research agency for us to send the raw material for the trial," Tumanggor said.
He said there would be two models to be tested for the B40 fuel, which is produced by distilling crude palm oil (CPO) and infusing fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) to the mix to reach the expected level.
The government is eager to increase the mix of palm oil in diesel fuel to reduce oil imports, which contribute heavily to the country's trade deficit.
Regarding the implementation of B30 fuel, Tumanggor said the program had gone well since its commercial debut in January. The B30 fuel is set to consume 9.6 million kiloliters of palm oil this year.
"As of now, [the use of B30 fuel] is still going according to plan with regard to the automotive industry, the supply chain from Pertamina and producers," he said, adding that the B30 fuel is expected to use a total of 800,000 kiloliters of vegetable oil. (mpr)