B10 biodiesel is cleaner, better for engines – MPIC

Category: News Published: Monday, 09 January 2017 Written by Administrator
The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has released a statement clarifying the facts regarding the oft-delayed B10 biodiesel. The fuel, which uses a blend of 10% palm methyl ester and 90% diesel, was supposed to be implemented last month, but was delayed indefinitely due to the unfavourable price of crude palm oil versus regular diesel.

Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said when officiating a 4×4 expedition testing the fuel that B10 biodiesel has undergone a series of tests with ongoing improvement efforts, adding that it has been validated by comprehensive benchmarking and long-term field testing both here and abroad.

The fuel is also said to adhere to international biodiesel blend standards and is backed by “experiences, evaluations and millions of problem-free genuine on-the-road kilometres” covered by various vehicle makes and models currently being operated in countries with biodiesel mandates B10 or higher.

The ministry added that the aforementioned expedition will serve as a further testing platform to prove that B10 biodiesel is cleaner as well as beneficial to the engine’s health, and not detrimental in the long run as it has been widely perceived.

It also said that when it does enter petrol stations, B10 biodiesel is set to bring about significant and impactful environmental benefits, particularly with regards to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The introduction of the fuel (as well as the B7 blend for the industrial sector) is expected to cut emissions by an amount equivalent to 100,000 diesel vehicles on the road.

Currently, all diesel fuels sold in Malaysia carry a B7 biodiesel blend. It has been clarified by the ministry (and subsequently backed up by BHPetrol and Petronas) that even if the B10 biodiesel mandate comes into force, Euro 5 diesel will remain on the B7 blend as it is exempted from the mandate.

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