B5 biodiesel debuts in Kuala Lumpur, at 247 stations

B5 biodiesel debuts in Kuala Lumpur, at 247 stations

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.

B5 biodiesel debuts in Kuala Lumpur, at 247 stations

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.

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Comments

  • Saab 9-3 - SS on Oct 06, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    finally, B5 comes !!!

    I thought Caltex will launch 1st?

    So, only BHP has it for the time being? What bout my regular ESSO station?
    I hope wth B5, burning is even more efficient and yet more torque …..

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    • Anthony Lim (Member) on Oct 06, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      It’s not just available at BHPetrol stations – a total of 247 stations in KL offer B5.

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    • ttooyyoottt on Oct 07, 2011 at 1:09 am

      i thought Petronas Putrajaya the 1st one launch

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  • A small step forward towards sulfer free diesel.. Gogogo..

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  • Can anyone list down which Petrol Station offered B5 Diesel?

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  • go green go!

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  • RedBeanBun on Oct 06, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    what car can pump in the b5?

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  • BeemerFreak on Oct 06, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    please launch Euro 4 or 5 grade diesels too………

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  • slick shifts on Oct 06, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    What would the sulphur content of this diesel be? Would it be something like E85 in Europe? Just curious. Anyone can shed some light?

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    • sulfur content comparison (ppm)

      B5 diesel – 2600 ppm
      Euro 2M diesel – 2800 ppm
      Euro 4 diesel – 50 ppm maximum
      E85 gasoline – 80 ppm

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      • Not sure why we clapping the hands on biodiesel. 2600 ppm is an awful lot. Euro 5 has got about 10ppm. All Europe is on Euro 6 already, so as some asian countries. Only in Malaysia the quality is lousy.

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    • alldisc on Oct 07, 2011 at 10:58 am

      E85 and B5 both has similar objectives of reducing carbon print in atmosphere.

      E85 has up to 85% ethanol extracted from starchy plants.. like sugarcane. or corn.

      it has less power but higher octane rating.

      B5 is sourced from palm and blended at a low blend rate of 5% with diesel, and part of the objective is to reduce cost of producing diesel.

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  • dodgeviper88 on Oct 07, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I know a few people who actually go to mcdonalds and they’ll sell (sometimes give) used cooking oil and will filter them and be used as diesel fuel. Besides, the exhaust smells like french fries too and with the hot climate in malaysia, you do not need to worry about the cooking oil solidifying.

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    • Johndeep on Oct 07, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      supprisingly cooking oil is about diesel calorivic value, i.e. 39,000~48000 kJ/lit and diesel cv is 44,800 kJ/lit.

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      • dodgeviper88 on Oct 08, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        furthermore, the history of diesel engines was that it was originally designed to run on vegetable oil but in the good old days it was actually cheaper to run on dino juice. HOw times have changed!

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  • Masked Ryder on Oct 07, 2011 at 7:23 am

    For those who imagine B5 diesel to be Sulfur free, sorry to remind u that B5 mean 5% Palm diesel mixed with 95%.
    conventional frossil fuel diesel, which mean B5 diesel will contain at lease 95% of sulfur or normal diesel.
    So unless our diesel been upgrade to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel like Singapore which mean paying higher price for diesel.
    Only 100% Bio diesel is consider “Almost” Sulfur free, which at present cannot be use on our diesel powered vehicle without modification & risking damaging the engine in long run & power lost.

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  • xxWWWxxx on Oct 07, 2011 at 10:55 am

    this B5 is still not euro 4 or euro 5, so not many great diesel cars can enter the market here. still dun understand why the delay in launching better diesel without sulphur? feedback, anyone?

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    • imoloq on Oct 07, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      it takes time and money for refineries to upgrade their operations to produce euro 4/5 fuel…very costly to upgrade

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  • isuzuki on Oct 07, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Does this (B5 biodiesel) mean more diesel powered car will be coming to Malaysia?

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  • longjaafar on Oct 07, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Bio Diesel is well and good, and the reason why it can compete with normal diesel is because it is subsidised by the government. At best, the country can afford only 5% of fuel to be biodiesel, because of it’s cost. The way top go, to reduce carbon and cost of motoring is at least Euro 4 Diesel, and this the government is NOT doing. I don’t know why…

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    • imoloq on Oct 07, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Blends of B5 and above will void manufacturer’s warranty. Unless the engine is designed for biodiesel, B5 is the highest blend for normal diesel engines.

      Another reason is the cost behind converting refineries to produce Euro4/5 fuels. if they can continue selling Euro 2, they will not upgrade.

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  • dieselfan on Oct 07, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Does anyone kow if pick-up trucks like Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton etc. can use B5 biodiesel?

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    • imoloq on Oct 07, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      yes, manufacturers will provide warranty for their engines up to B5 diesel. Sourced from Malaysia Biofuel Roadmap (search in google for it)

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  • anyone had try this diesel ? and how the performance?

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  • BMW POWER FOREVER on Oct 07, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    535d can use?

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  • RedBeanBun on Oct 08, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Petrol from Petronas

    B5 from Sime

    go figure it out $$ in which companies pocket

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  • 320d can use this?

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