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Government to increase biodiesel mix to 25%:

Government to increase biodiesel mix to 25%: The government is planning to issue a regulation on the production of 25-percent biodiesel ( B25 ) early next year. Once issued, the policy will replace the current regulation on 20-percent biodiesel ( B20 ) production.The 5-percent increase in biodiesel is expected to save US$1 billion in oil imports a year, in addition to supporting clean energy.Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said his office was in the process of drafting the regulation and dealing with biodiesel mix technicalities.With the B25 regulation, the ratio of biodiesel to petroleum diesel will be 25 percent to 75 percent. When the new policy is implemented, diesel fuel distributed by state-owned energy giant Pertamina and AKR Corporindo, a distributor of basic chemicals and petroleum products, can be mixed directly with palm oil. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI), MP Tumanggor, said he fully supported the government’s decision to implement the B25 policy. According to APROBI, the capacity of domestic biofuel production is currently at 11 million kiloliters. Meanwhile, with the B25 policy, five million kiloliters could be absorbed by the domestic market, which could result in an increase in CPO prices. (THEJAKARTAPOST)