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Indonesia allocates additional 72000 KL unblended biodiesel for B30 trial – Reuters Africa

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JAKARTA, Nov 18 (Reuters) –

* Indonesia’s energy ministry approved an additional allocation of 72,000 kilo litres (KL) of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), made from palm oil, to run a comprehensive trial for its B30 programme, an official said on Monday.

* The country aims to implement the B30 in 2020 – a mandatory programme for biodiesel containing 30% of palm-based fuel, higher than the current 20%.

* Indonesia will run the trial later this month through until December, the ministry’s director of bioenergy Andriah Feby Misna said, ahead of the 2020 launch of the mandatory biodiesel programme.

* Earlier this month, the Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI) estimated the trial would consume an additional 250,000-400,000 KL of FAME.

* The trial is aimed at testing the readiness of B30 in trucks and ships, as well as its distribution system through eight delivery points and pipelines, Misna said.

* Allocation of FAME in November and December is set at 209,238 KL for Indonesia’s ongoing B20 biodiesel programme and B30 trial, a ministerial decree showed on Monday (Reporting by Wilda Asmarini, Writing by Fransiska Nangoy, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)