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Jakarta Post

Pertamina speeds up green fuel test for production

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 5 2019   /  02:31 am

State energy holding company Pertamina plans to further test the commercial production of green fuels to reduce ballooning oil imports, which account for more than half of national demand.

Green fuel is what Pertamina refers to as fuels that are processed in a refinery with treated crude palm oil, called refined bleached deodorized palm oil (RBDPO), through a treatment called coprocessing. There are three types of green fuel, namely gasoline, diesel and aviation turbine (avtur).

The processing method is different from 20 percent biodiesel blend, where the CPO material, fatty acid methyl ester, is blended only after the crude oil becomes fuel.

The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) said through coprocessing, the biofuel may have a higher blend than 20 percent.

“Biodiesel still contains oxygen, but with coprocessing the fuel’s specification becomes simila...