In a report in The Star Online, The Primary Industries Ministry have been reported that they will reveal the implementation of the B10 (10% palm methyl ester with 90% petroleum diesel) programme in the transport sector by year-end. This though will be subject to a process of approval by the Cabinet.
B10 Biodiesel Programme to be Launched by the End of 2018
Deputy Minister Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin was quoted by The Star Online as saying, the ministry was in constant dialogue with the relevant stakeholders. These stakeholders included the Malaysian Automotive Association, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and Malaysian Automotive Institute, on issues of manufacturer’s warranty on vehicles.
On top of this, the Deputy Minister told The Star Online that “the implementation of the biodiesel programme had been deferred since June 2016. This has been on the whole due to specific technical issues and a wide price gap between Brent crude and crude palm oil.”
Shamsul Iskandar additionally explained in a statement to The Star Online that “in the current situation, the price gap between both is narrowing, thus making higher blending of biodiesel with respect to the B10 programme more viable to be implemented in due course”.
He was referring to his statement reported by Nikkei Markets that Malaysia will only implement the B10 programme starting from the second half of 2019.
PHOTO: Deputy Minister Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin. Source: Facebook: Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin