Bangchak launches “Hi Diesel S B 10” at over 400 service stations nationwide
Thai oil refiner and energy company Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited (Bangchak) has recently launched its “Hi Diesel S B 10” at over 400 service stations across the country. Enhanced by "Green S technology and quality additives", this new biofuel choice, the company says, boasts a higher cetane number, keeps car engines clean, maximizes their performance, reduces smog and PM2.5 emissions, while boosting palm oil prices for farmers.
During the launch event held on February 19, 2020, the Minister of Energy Sontirat Sontijirawong remarked that the Energy Ministry introduced the “Energy For All” policy with the aim to give everyone access to energy and ensure that ordinary people and farmers people benefit from energy policies. As a result, energy mechanisms have been deployed to drive the grassroots economy and solve the problem of falling crop prices.
The Energy Ministry has promoted the use of crop-based fuel in support of farmers. B10 biodiesel uses palm oil in its production while gasohol E20 uses sugarcane and cassava as its ethanol feedstock source. The Ministry, in particular, has promoted B10 as standard diesel fuel in Thailand and pursued the goal of making B10 available at all service stations across the country from March 1, 2020.
B10 delivers results
According to the Energy Ministry, the promotion of B10 has delivered tangible and satisfactory results. Not only that it has stabilized the palm-oil price but it also benefits the environment and consumer economy. It reduces the amount of fine particles like PM2.5 improving local air quality. B10 provides savings to motorists as it is THB2 cheaper per litre than B7 diesel at the pump thanks to the Energy Ministry’s policy.
The Energy Ministry asserts that the use of B10 does not have any adverse impact on compatible engines, which are specially designed by carmakers and motorists are urged to consult the list of compatible car models provided by the Department of Energy Business.
Furthermore, the Energy Ministry monitors and checks fuel quality at both manufacturing and service stations so as to assure consumers that B10 is of good quality. Minister Sontirat added that he would like to encourage people to embrace B10 because it is a way to help palm farmers and ease air pollution.
Chaiwat Kovavisarach, President and CEO of Bangchak said that his firm has constantly developed its businesses through technology and innovations for the purposes of giving Thais clean energy, particularly biofuel, that is both functional and environmentally friendly, in line with EURO 5 standards.
Bangchak ranks among the first energy companies to manufacture and distribute gasohol and biodiesel fuels in Thailand with the aim of supporting Thai farmers by sourcing domestic agricultural crops.