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Thai government promoting use of B10 diesel to support palm oil farmers

In Thailand, the government continues to promote the use of B10 diesel in a bid to support palm oil farmers and to prevent oil smuggling.

B10, a 10 percent biodiesel blend, is a standard fuel that the government says supports energy sustainability in Thailand. It stabilizes palm oil prices, reduces fossil diesel consumption and lowers particulate matter (PM 2.5) levels in big cities. It also helps reduce fuel costs for vehicle owners and is of “superior quality.”

Thai Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said that Thailand is the first country to maintain the stability of palm oil, which is used to support biodiesel production. B10 diesel can help generate more income for palm oil farmers. The government expects motorists to use 30 million to 40 million liters of diesel B10 per day by mid-2020.

The government has set the target at 57 million liters a day.

Thai Energy Minister, Sontirat Sontijirawong, together with Chansin Treenuchagron, CEO of PTT Public Company Ltd, recently joined an activity at the PTT service station on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok to encourage motorists to use diesel B10 and to assure the quality of B10 diesel fuel (photo courtesy NNT).

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