Govt Prepares to Turn to B100 and E100
HAVING succeeded in implementing expanded B20 mandatory program, the government is now planning to turn to other alternative more environmentally friendly biofuels.
HAVING succeeded in implementing expanded B20 mandatory program, the government is now planning to turn to other alternative more environmentally friendly biofuels. Green diesel and bioethanol are the government’s choice so far. Implementing a mandatory policy to use new and renewable energy is a must due to environmental consequences of the decreasing fossil-based fuel resources. More importantly, it contributes to economic benefits such as government revenues. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan expressed optimism that B20 mandatory policy will be expanded to B100. “This would be green diesel and it can be applied on all engines,” Jonan said as quoted by CNBC Indonesia (23/10/2018). According to Jonan, Pertamina is planning to reform its two refineries facilities in Plaju and Dumai to produce B100. “We are calculating possible scenarios in converting diesel fuel to green diesel. So far, it is estimated that B100 will be equal to Pertadex. The price may be more expensive, more than Rp10.000. We are attempting to find solution,” he said. As soon as B100 implementation succeed, Jonan said, the government will optimize use of bioethanol. “Biodiesel is to replace diesel fuel or gas oil, while bioethanol will replace gasoline. I prefer E100 than E5 my self but we are not sure whether the producers are ready or not,” Jonan said. ***