Biodiesel producers ready to meet B20 demand
The Jakarta Post
Biodiesel companies have confirmed that they are ready to meet the recently established quota for biodiesel as part of the government’s efforts to expand the mandatory use of B20 fuel starting in September.
“There’s absolutely no problem. The fatty acid metyl ester [FAME] industry doesn’t take any issue whatsoever,” the general director of the Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (Aprobi), MP Tumanggor, said on Tuesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.
Previously, the government announced that biofuel producers would have to supply approximately 940,000 kl of the commodity from September to December.
Biofuel producers would be fined Rp 6,000 (US 4 cents) per liter should they fail to meet the supply deadline, Tumanggor added.
In accordance with the Energy and Mineral Resources’ Ministerial Decree No. 14/2018 on biodiesel supply and use financed by the Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS) issued on Aug. 24, oil and gas companies that fail to produce B20 will risk losing their business permits and paying a fine.
According to Tumanggor, biofuel companies will conduct regular checks to detect human errors that may potentially delay deliveries. Aprobi members have also expressed their readiness to meet the government’s production capacity, he added.
Biodiesel companies have produced 12 million to 14 million kl of biodiesel. Of the figure,
2 million kl have already been delivered for September’s B20 policy. (rfa/bbn)
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