Tue, 15 Jul 2008
The world's biggest palm oil producer is aiming to make mandatory the use of a 2.5% blend of biodiesel by September this year, the chairman of the National Biodiesel Development Team said, Reuters reported.

The nation has been pushing for the use of biofuels derived from palm oil to cut the use of costly petroleum products and ensure the fledging biodiesel industry survives rising prices of the commodity.

The government is drafting two ministerial decrees which will make the use of the biodiesel blend mandatory for both the industrial and transport sectors, Alhilal Hamdi, said.

"We expect the decrees to be completed by September so that we can put the policy in place at the same month," Hamdi said.

"The biodiesel mandatory policy will guarantee a market for producers. It will help idle biodiesel plants resume operations."

State oil firm Pertamina, which has been selling biodiesel since 2006, cut the blend in its diesel fuel from an initial 5% to 2.5% and then 1% due to rising palm oil prices and the lack of a mandatory policy.

The combined capacity for biofuel using palm oil as a feed stock in Indonesia is two million kilolitres per year but it is running at 20% of its capacity, data from the biodiesel team shows.

But if the mandatory policy is introduced, biodiesel capacity will grow to five million kilolitres a year by 2010, Hamdi said.

Indonesia produced 17.18 million tons of crude palm oil in 2007 while domestic demand stood at 3.8 million tons, mostly for food.


Tue, 15 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Roy's Hair
There go the Orang Utans. Poor bleeders.


Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
orang utans cannot stand in the way of progress. that's probably why they never evolved into humans.


Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Capt. Mainwaring
Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu
orang utans cannot stand in the way of progress. that's probably why they never evolved into humans.


Some did.


Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
Originally Posted By: Capt. Mainwaring
Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu
orang utans cannot stand in the way of progress. that's probably why they never evolved into humans.


Some did.

i know, capt, i know. and we all think you're very clever. here's a banana yay


Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Capt. Mainwaring
Thankyou, now can you peel it for me?


Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
Originally Posted By: Roy's Hair
There go the Orang Utans. Poor bleeders.


This hero won't save the day?




Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Capt. Mainwaring
All the worshipful JC'ers are going to club together and buy one.

Can you turn Orang Utan chunks into bio-diesel?


Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
Originally Posted By: Capt. Mainwaring
All the worshipful JC'ers are going to club together and buy one.


You don't think the price is a whisker too high for the impecunious imbeciles?




Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Capt. Mainwaring
Does seem a bit toppy - can't you do some sort of deal , buy one, get one free or somesuch offer?




Wed, 16 Jul 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
Originally Posted By: Capt. Mainwaring
or some such offer?


This fellow offers a smaller, cheaper model, and claims there's no need to pay property tax:




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