Malaysia will mandate the sale and universal use of a B5 blend of biodiesel beginning in 2008, according to a report in The Star. The regulation will be implemented after the Biofuel Bill is tabled and passed by Parliament next year.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui also said that the Government’s target was to export 180,000 tonnes of biofuel by 2007.
Former Malaysian Palm Oil Association chief executive M.R. Chandran said Malaysia could convert 500,000 tonnes of its total production of 15 million tonnes of crude palm oil into biofuel. Chandran said expansion of plantations in the future would be done in a sustainable manner.
“The country is the top producer of palm oil in the world with almost four million hectares in plantations.”
“Our maximum capacity is to plant another 600,000 ha and produce a maximum of 20 million tonnes of palm oil annually,” he said.