Indonesia’s biodiesel B30 absorbs more vegetable oil

Indonesia’s biodiesel B30 absorbs more vegetable oil
Some samples of biodiesel products according to the percentage of biodiesel mixed into diesel fuel. (The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The production of 30 percent biodiesel in diesel oil fuel, called B30, will absorb more Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) in 2020.

A statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources received by Indonesia Window here on Monday mentioned that the production of FAME in 2020 was expected to increase by 10 million kilolitres (KL).

“During the past year B20 absorbed as much as 6.26 million kilolitres of FAME. It makes us optimistic that this year B30 can exceed the target,” ministry’s spokesperson Agung Pribadi said.

In the last two years, the production of FAME has continued to increase. Even the realization of production exceeded the target of 8.37 million KL from that set of 7.37 million KL.

“We hope FAME to be mostly used by the transportation sector,” Agung said.

Mandatory

The use of B30 which mandated by the Indonesian government has been receiving positive responses from people.

Even Indonesia becomes the first country in the world to implement the B30 mandatory program.

“The implementation could increase the national trade balance, reduce fuel imports and save foreign exchange,” Agung said.

In 2019, the use of B20 saved the national foreign exchange around US$3.35 billion.

Meanwhile in 2020, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources projects that foreign exchange savings will reach more than US$4.8 billion.

In order to improve the quality of biodiesel, the government is construction some green refineries, one of which is Plaju refinery in South Sumatra province with a capacity of 20 thousand barrels per day.

The refinery processes crude palm oil using hydro-refining (H2 and catalyst) process to produce green diesel and other products.

The construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2024.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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