The Star. Shell will work with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) on evaluating Malaysia’s Envo diesel—a 5% blend of palm oil with 95% petroleum diesel. Envo diesel is not a biodiesel blend; it uses straight palm oil, not a methyl ester.
The Malaysian government launched Envo diesel in March 2006 and began trials in government vehicles. The government is targeting requiring the 5% blend by 2007.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin said that Shell and the and the MPOB will conduct joint research on four government vehicles, a bus and two fishing trawlers.
Chin said apart from Petroliam Nasional Bhd, this would be the first time a multinational oil company was helping in the research.
“If the research is succeeds in removing doubts about its usage, it will provide an alternative fuel for Malaysians,” he said, adding that he was happy Shell was actively encouraging the use of palm as the most cost-effective raw material to produce bio-fuel.