The roll-out of palm oil-based B5 biodiesel for the central region continued today, with the introduction of the fuel for the Federal Territory. The event to mark the introduction was held at a BHPetrol station in Jalan Kuching this morning, and present at proceedings was Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, who officially launched the fuel at the retail level in June, as scheduled.

Kuala Lumpur is the fourth location in the central region to introduce B5; Putrajaya kicked the programme off on June 1, followed by Malacca and Negeri Sembilan. The KL roll-out is just over a month later than planned – B5 was slated to be introduced here on September 1. Selangor is the next on the list, on October 1, according to the schedule.

The B5 programme for KL will see B5 being supplied by 247 stations, and through this, 890 tonnes or 1.03 million litres of palm-oil biodiesel will be used per month, which will contribute to saving the connsumption of nearly 12.4 million litres of fossil-based diesel a year in KL.

Priced at the equivalent of petroleum diesel, at RM1.80 per litre, Dompok said that the government would continue to keep the price of B5 as such, and absorb the differences. He also said that full B5 supply nationwide would be implemented in 2013 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, BHPetrol said that B5 is available in its 35 stations in KL, and currently has around 60 stations offering the fuel in the central region.