TNA. The Thai Energy Ministry is proceeding with a plan to encourage local biodiesel consumption to bolster demand for locally grown palm oil.
Under a plan approved by the cabinet, B5 biodiesel (5% biodiesel, 95% petroleum diesel) will be made available countrywide by 2011, with B10 available by 2012.
With a B10 blend, about 8.5 million liters of biodiesel would be consumed daily.
To enhance the production of B5 and B10 biodiesel to meet the target, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry plans to increase plantation areas of palm trees and other oil plants to accommodate local demand of raw materials.
The Ministry insists that it see no need to import raw palm oil for biodiesel production since local supply will remain sufficient.