Tag: Indonesia

Indonesia to begin B40 trials in March

Indonesia to begin B40 trials in March

February 12, 2020 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the country is set to kick of trials of 40% biodiesel blending in March. B30 was brought into the market in early January as part of the country’s attempts to reduce FX spend on oil imports and boost its palm oil industry. Two vehicle models will be […]

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Indonesia may not have much palm oil to export this year thanks to B30

Indonesia may not have much palm oil to export this year thanks to B30

February 4, 2020 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the national biodiesel producers association believes there may not be enough surplus for export this year thanks to the B30 mandate that will absorb 8.3 million metric tons of palm oil. Palm oil production may increase this year thanks to improved weather than will help support yields, […]

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Indonesia’s utility says B100 doesn’t work for diesel engines

Indonesia’s utility says B100 doesn’t work for diesel engines

January 30, 2020 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the national utility PLN has said using 100% palm oil in its diesel power stations isn’t viable as it damages the engines from a crust that is created on the machines. The president of the utility says that using B100 causes twice as many carbon emissions than […]

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Pertamina exchanges Eni for UOP over palm oil sustainability

Pertamina exchanges Eni for UOP over palm oil sustainability

January 30, 2020 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that state-owned Pertamina has decided to call off its year-old cooperation deal with Eni to jointly develop biodiesel production because Eni required that palm oil have internationally-recognized certification even though the fuel would be produced in Indonesia. Palm oil sustainability has come under increased scrutiny over recent years as Europe tightens […]

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Indonesian studies show B30 is safe but problems already arising

Indonesian studies show B30 is safe but problems already arising

January 29, 2020 |

In Indonesia, China’s Xinhua news agency reports that the government has released studies showing that B30 fuel is safe, however there are reports by some drivers complaining that gel has formed in their tanks following the use of B30. Certain parts of Central Java province where temperatures can fall to 10 degrees Celsius has been […]

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Indonesian bus operators concerned about B30 impacts following B20 troubles

Indonesian bus operators concerned about B30 impacts following B20 troubles

January 16, 2020 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that bus operators are concerned about the impacts of B30 on their engines because they are already having problems with sediment clogging filters as a result of using B20, which has led to poor vehicle performance. The Young Indonesian Autobus Entrepreneurs Association said that manufactures are not yet […]

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B30 saving Indonesia $8 billion annually in FX

B30 saving Indonesia $8 billion annually in FX

January 13, 2020 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the president expects the B30 mandate to result in savings of $8 billion per year in foreign exchange which could nearly double when the country eventually moves to B50. The move to B40 is set for next year, having just switched to 30% blending at the end […]

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Indonesia to reinstate $50 palm oil export levy from January 1

Indonesia to reinstate $50 palm oil export levy from January 1

December 30, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Cogencis news agency reports the Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency expects to reinstate the $50 per metric ton export levy on palm oil exports following the agency’s $80 per ton increase in the reference price for January to $729.72 from December’s $650.18. A lower levy is lobbed on exports of downstream palm […]

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Indonesian palm oil biodiesel exports fell 6.7% in October to 3.04 million tons

Indonesian palm oil biodiesel exports fell 6.7% in October to 3.04 million tons

December 26, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that palm oil biodiesel and oleochemical exports fell 6.7% in October compared to September at 3.04 million metric tons on the back of lower production that month brought on by drier weather. Stocks fell slightly in October by 20,000 tons to 3.71 million tons. Indonesia has been focusing on increased domestic […]

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Further palm oil tightness in Malaysia and Indonesia seen supporting prices in 2020

Further palm oil tightness in Malaysia and Indonesia seen supporting prices in 2020

December 26, 2019 |

In Singapore, Platts reports that with crude palm oil stocks falling in both Malaysia and Indonesia, prices rose to $648 per metric ton in early December against around $500 per ton at the start of the year, but even with higher prices, the POGO spread between the cost of heating oil and palm oil futures […]

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