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Flying V formally launched the sale of a B1 blend (1% biodiesel, 99% petroleum diesel) using Chemrez’s locally-produced coconut biodiesel at Flying V filling stations in the Philippines.

Chemrez produces the biodiesel at its plant at Libis, Quezon City—the country’s first producing coco biodiesel plant.

Chemrez is one of two companies licensed and accredited by the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) to produce coco biodiesel in the country. The other is Senbel Sine Chemicals that has yet to complete its production facilities.

As part of the ceremonies, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inspected the P650-million (US$11.7-million) biodiesel plant, and appeared with Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla at the launching of the product at the Flying V station .

The Chemrez plant currently can produce 15 million liters (4 million gallons US) of fuel per year. A planned expansion, targeted for completion by 1Q 2006, will quadruple that capacity to 60 million liters (16 million gallons). A second expansion phase, to be completed in 2008, will triple that to 180 million liters (48 million gallons) per year.

In February 2004, the President ordered all government vehicles to use a one-percent biodiesel blend in their diesel vehicles.

A nationwide rollout of one- to five-percent coco-biodiesel blends—to be started in 2006 and completed by 2014—is expected to decrease the country’s dependence on imported fuel by three percent.

President Macapagal-Arroyo is making a push for conservation as well as for the development of alternative fuels.

Strict energy conservation is now a matter of national survival.

—Presidential Spokesman Ignacio R. Bunye

In an echo of Jimmy Carter’s White House in the US, lights are dimmed and all cooling systems are turned off early in the Malacañang complex. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered all departments and agencies to ensure that stringent energy conservation measures are fully implemented.

In various forums, the President continues to underscore the urgency of strict energy conservation as a national effort to lessen the impact of steep oil prices all around—the private and government sectors.


Mikhail Capone

A bit off-topic:

I have a question for you, Mike. Do you have any idea how hard and costly it would be for an American or Canadian to import a car from Europe?

We always hear how European cars are more fuel efficient, more fun to drive and have less conservative styling. Well, maybe there's a country out there that has compatible safety and pollution regulations?


It’s not easy bringing a car that is not designed to be imported to the US into the US. (I don't know about Canada, but I'm guessing it's similar.)

Cars must meet NHSTA safety critera, and EPA emissions criteria. If the car doesn't, then you can still bring it in...after taking it to a conversion shop to retrofit compliance.

This is basically the process ZAP has had to go through with its importing of the smart car from Europe. It takes the Euro models, then converts them to meet criteria here.

Cost to convert will depend on what you're starting with. :-) Both agencies provide lists of approved conversion shops and import agencies.

And you need to pay the import duty.

Mikhail Capone

Thanks! I'll do some research to see if I can find websites with information on this.


It is absolutely impractical to import to USA European cars not built for USA. Apart from cars being more expensive in Europe, one would spend $5+K to make them compliant. As for Canada, it simply cannot be done (http://www.tc.gc.ca/pacific/faq/road/importation.htm#23). If $5+K in compliance costs would not stop you, here are couple links outlining details (http://www.foreignborn.com/visas_imm/entering_us/7importingyourcar.htm) and official DOT information http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/graymarket_RI_list06202005.html

Denis Salvatierra

Would you mind provide me contact seller/manufacturer of Biodiesel here in the Philippines. I have a market that needs large quantity per month.


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