Postponed from the initial date in June, the implementation of B10 biodiesel finally looks to be a done deal, and industry analysts expect the new fuel to hit the pumps in the fourth quarter of the year.

The Star reports that the fuel, which combines 10% palm methyl ester with 90% fossil fuel-derived diesel and is expected to replace the current B7 fuel, has already been accepted by several carmakers as being fit and safe to be used in their vehicles – putting to rest a long-standing issue that has delayed its introduction.

Malaysian Biodiesel Association president U.R. Unnithan said that he does not expect any more delays in the implementation of B10 biodiesel. “The government has given more than ample time for all stakeholders – biodiesel producers, petroleum companies including Petronas, Shell, Chevron, Petron and BHP, and palm oil suppliers – involved to clarify any issues they have,” he said.

Unnithan added that although certain stakeholders were still seeking clarification on the use of B10 on selected vehicles, “these matters are being dealt with through individual and multi-stakeholder consultation processes.” He also said that technical issues brought to light by petroleum companies and carmakers prior to the implementation of B10 were being ironed out and have been “well-clarified.”

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Additionally, palm biodiesel is claimed to have undergone all tests conducted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), following the footsteps of countries such as Colombia and Indonesia which have already implemented biodiesel grades B10 and up successfully.

Unnithan said that the Malaysian Biodiesel Association is looking forward to working closely with all stakeholders, such as petroleum companies, automobile associations and carmakers – this includes extending its cooperation and expertise to MPOB and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) to address all techno-commercial issues in the implementation of B10 and B7 programmes.

“In fact, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association has also held several demonstrations on the long-term use of B50 and B100 biodiesel on some vehicles without any issues, hence we don’t see any technical issues at all for B10,” he said.