The Jakarta Post
The government plans to accelerate the use of fuel with 30 percent biodiesel content (B30 biofuel) in the transportation sector by next year from the initial plan of 2020, an official has said.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy and energy conservation director general, Rida Mulyana, said the government had studied the use of B30, which was produced from palm oil as its raw material, as part of efforts to improve energy self-sufficiency.
“We will accelerate the use of B30 from 2020 to 2019,” Rida said in Jakarta on Monday as reported by kontan.co.id, adding that the next step was to carry out road test for B30, which was expected to start in August.
He said his office had held a number of meetings to discuss the issues, including those attended by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan and Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto. “In the latest meeting, Minister Airlangga said the use of B30 can start next year, but after passing road tests,” Rida said.
He expressed the hope that the B30 would be compatible with all vehicles with diesel engines and would not get complaints from vehicle owners or engine providers.
He added that the government involved experts from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) to carry out study on B30 use in transportation.
“Pak Jonan said it is possible to use B20 B30, B50 and B100. The most important thing is that there are no complaints from the providers of vehicle technology,” he added. (bbn)