Tag: Thailand

Thailand slashes B7 mandate by half due to low palm oil supplies

Thailand slashes B7 mandate by half due to low palm oil supplies

January 21, 2015 |

In Thailand, the government is slashing the B7 mandate to just 3.5% in order to reserve palm oil supplies. With stocks down to just 100,000 metric tons, the importation of 50,000 tons has been approved to ensure enough supplies for cooking oil. The smaller stocks is a result of the annual dry season period when […]

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Thai ethanol producers want government to maintain price gap with gasoline

Thai ethanol producers want government to maintain price gap with gasoline

January 5, 2015 |

In Thailand, the country’s ethanol producers association is urging the government to maintain the price gap between ethanol and gasoline to ensure continued demand for ethanol, rather than allow falling petrol prices reduce ethanol demand. If the price gap is not maintained, the association estimates it could take five to six years to return to […]

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NatureWorks Asia seeking $78.2 million in soft loans for bio-plastics in Thailand

NatureWorks Asia seeking $78.2 million in soft loans for bio-plastics in Thailand

August 21, 2014 |

In Thailand, NatureWorks Asia Pacific, a joint venture between PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and based Cargill, are requesting the government to provide $78.2 million in soft loans to help jumpstart the bio-plastics industry in the country. Those loans would then spur 40 times the investment from the private sector within the next five to 10 years, […]

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Thailand promoting massive growth in oil palm production at expense of rubber

Thailand promoting massive growth in oil palm production at expense of rubber

August 5, 2014 |

In Thailand, the government has boosted the price paid to farmers to cut down rubber trees following a 20% cut in global rubber prices and is encouraging them to instead plant oil palm trees to increase biodiesel production. The plan is to cut down 350,000 rubber trees per year, up from 250,000 trees originally, while […]

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Bankgchak buys ethanol plant for $23.8 million

Bankgchak buys ethanol plant for $23.8 million

August 4, 2014 |

In Thailand, Bangchak Petroelum has agreed to purchase more shares in the ethanol plant in Chachoengsao for $23.8 million, reaching a total shareholding of 85%.The facility uses cassava as feedstock. The facility is just 120km from the company’s blending facility outside of Bangkok.  

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PTT may use spoiled rice for ethanol

PTT may use spoiled rice for ethanol

July 30, 2014 |

In Thailand, the Finance Ministry may sell 100,000 metric tons of spoiled rice to PTT for use as ethanol feedstock after discovering that so much of the rice pledged by farmers at between THB15,000 and THB20,000 per ton had spoiled. Though the price still has to be negotiated, the finance ministry’s permanent secretary expects that […]

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Thailand looking to set up mini-biodiesel plants to get unsafe oil out of food

Thailand looking to set up mini-biodiesel plants to get unsafe oil out of food

July 28, 2014 |

In Thailand, the director of a regional medical center is working with local authorities to set up small-scale biodiesel production in an attempt to deter used cooking oil from being bleached and re-sold back into the market. Apparently only about 20 million liters of cooking oil gets used for biodiesel production ever year, compared to […]

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Thailand finishes up two years of successful B20 trials for large trucks

Thailand finishes up two years of successful B20 trials for large trucks

July 23, 2014 |

In Thailand, the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department has successfully completed two years of B20 trials, both in the lab and in the field with the aim of eventually supplying the blend for large trucks. Most trucks in the country don’t achieve the Euro 3 standard, with trucks accounting for 60% of the diesel […]

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Thai company to build biofuel plant in Myanmar

Thai company to build biofuel plant in Myanmar

June 30, 2014 |

In Thailand, Sahacogen (Chonburi) Plc plans to build a 600 metric ton per day biofuel facility on the Myanmar side of the Thai border with the intention of serving both markets. Feedstock nor biofuel type were specified.  

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Thailand’s energy price reform may in the end force ethanol closures

Thailand’s energy price reform may in the end force ethanol closures

June 25, 2014 |

In Thailand, a proposal is seeking to end the Oil Fund which in turn may force ethanol plants to close while turning subsidies for renewables in general on its end. The move comes as the country seeks to reform its energy prices that have been artificially manipulated and only really resulted in short-term benefits before […]

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