InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –After the meeting with Commission VII, Indonesian Legislators last week, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) urged PT PLN (Persero) to operate the Diesel Plants by using 100% palm oil biodiesel. It is to maximize the alternative energy usage.
Minister of EMR, Ignasius Jonan said, his side urged PT PLN to plan it about 5 to 10 years to go to substitute diesel with palm oil biodiesel in the Diesel Plants.
He thought, in the meeting with the Legislators, some companies have used the technology in Diesel Plants within palm oil biodiesel, such as, General Energy (GE), Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and others. PT PLN itself has tried the technology in some small Diesel Plants using 100% palm oil biodiesel. “If it is asked about the technology, yes, there is. PT PLN itself has tried it in some small Diesel Plants using 100% palm oil biodiesel,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
He also claimed that the substitution of Diesel Plants to palm oil biodiesel has been reported to the President Jokowi in the meeting and would be running. “We have told it to the President and he agrees with it and would be running,” Jonan said.
Now PT PLN operates about 3.200 MW Diesel Plants in every region in Indonesia. If the company could maximize the usage about 3.000 MW using palm oil biodiesel, it is estimated, the total palm oil consumption would be about 4,5 - 5 million tons/year.
"If PT PLN could use 3.000 MW (within) palm oil, it is estimated, the palm oil consumption totally would be about 4,5 - 5 million tons/year or it is bigger than B20 program for biodiesel for the vehicles in this year,” Jonan said.(T2)