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Biodiesel B5 suitable for fishing boats - Dompok

TANJUNG KARANG, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok has given an assurance that biodiesel B5 is safe for use in fishing boat engines.

"The government has managed to convince petroleum companies and engine manufacturers to give an engine warranty for B5 fuel usage," he said at the launch of the B5 programme for the fisheries sector in the central region at Bagan Pasir jetty here today.

He said the blend of five percent palm methyl ester and 95 percent petroleum diesel to produce B5 could enhance engine performance and reduce smoke emissions.

The B5 programme was proof of the government's seriousness to introduce palm oil as an alternative fuel to reduce and thereafter replace petroleum diesel, he said.

Dompok said the biodiesel introduction was also the government's strategy to strengthen or stabilise palm oil prices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 50 percent.

The use of agricultural produce like blending rapeseed oil with petroleum diesel in the European Union, soybean oil with diesel in the United States and sugarcane with petrol in Brazil to produce biofuel had successfully stabilised the price of agricultural products and plantation commodities in developed countries, he said.

"In this respect, the use of palm oil-based biofuel will enhance the country's economic development and mechanism to stablise palm oil prices in the world market," he said.

With crude palm oil production reaching 19 million tonnes last year, the supply of palm oil in blends with petroleum dioesel was sufficient and effective to absorb surplus output and would not adversely affect the country's food sector, he said.

Besides developing biofuel from palm oil, the government was also exploiting non-edible sources like palm biomass to produce biofuel that meets the export requirements of the European Union and United States, he said.

He said the government wanted to implement the B5 programme nationwide by 2014 at the latest after it had been carried out in stages in the central region last year starting with the land transport sector in Putrajaya, followed by Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Dompok said the blending of five percent biodiesel and 95 percent petroleum diesel involved five petroleum companies in Malaysia, namely Petronas Dagangan Bhd, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, Esso Malaysia Bhd, Chevron Malaysia Ltd dan Boustead Petroleum Marketing Sdn Bhd whereby the government provided funds to help them build the biodiesel infrasructure.

He said the price of B5 was the same with the price of petroleum diesel at pump stations, namely RM1.80 per litre and in terms of the cost of production, the government would bear about two to three sen per litre.

 

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