KUCHING, July 3 — Some 1.22 million tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO) from the country’s stockpile will be utilised annually upon the implementation of the B10 biodiesel programme, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
The B10 is 10 per cent palm biodiesel blended with 90 per cent petroleum diesel and is a migration from the current B7 blend.
“The government is still awaiting the report from the Malaysian Automative Association (MAA) which has opposed its usage citing incompatibility and warranty issues,” he said.
He told the media this before visiting the IOT (Independent Oil Terminal) management sendiran berhad, a wholly owned subsidiary of Senari Energy Sendiran Berhad which is a state government-link company involved in the distribution of the B7 biodiesel in the state.
The RM12 million company in Muara Tebas was expected to be fully operational by September this year while the B10 implementation was scheduled by October, he said.
Uggah said his ministry was still in the process of consultation with the MAA.
“Last week, the association has talked to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) on its usage.
“We want MAA to send us its report by the end of this month,” he said.
The government would decide on the implementation after going through this report, he said.
He said while MAA had reservations about its usage, the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) group had announced two days ago that B10 biodiesel was compatible with its diesel car engine. — Bernama