Wed, 12 Nov 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State-owned gas and oil company Pertamina is to start supplying biodiesel to 28 industrial consumers in Jakarta, Banten and West Java, here Tuesday, a Pertamina executive said.

The operation would constitute the first phase of a plan to supply biodiesel to 436 industrial consumers in the three provinces after the implementation of a similar program for consumers in the transporation sector, Maulanatazi HZ, general manager for fuel marketing of Pertamina's Region III, said.

"The biodiesel will have a FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) content of five percent," he said.

Pertamina would on Tuesday also raise the FAME content of biodiesel at gas stations to five percent, Maulantari added.

The start of the biodiesel supply to industrial conusmers would be done at Peramina's Plumpang fuel oil depot in North Jakarta witnessed by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Pertamina Managing Director Ari Soemarno.

The program was in line with the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister's Regulation No 32/2008 on mandatory minimum biofuel usage.

Maulanatazi said at first the mixing of FAME and diesel fuel was carried out in temporary tanks such at Tanjung Gerem, Padalarang, Ujung Berung, Cikampek, Tasikmalaya and Balongan.

However, the mixing would in the future be done directly at storage tanks in Plumpang, he said. "The mixing job will take six months' time since certain tools are required," he said.

All the 1,287 gas stations in Pertamina's Region III selling 200,000 kiloliters of fuel per month were scheduled to be offering biodiesel with a FAME content of five percent by the end of November.

The Plumpang depot had the largest fuel oil storing capacity in the country with the volume reaching 318,515 kiloliters comprised of diesel oil 91,466 kiloliters, premium 119,749 kiloliters, pertamax plus 11,800 kiloliters, pertamax 22,000 kiloliters, and kerosene 73,500 kiloliters.

Fuel oil supply to the Plumpang depot takes place through a pipeline from Pertamina's oil refinery at Balongan, Indramayu, West Java. (*)



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