InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Senior Advisor from President’s Staff Office, Abetnego Tarigan said that the success of palm oil plantation development in many regions is supported by many people who involve in it. So every side should support it. “The people should actively involve to develop sustainable palm oil to get the economic profits to welfare their lives,” Abetnego said in Palm Oil Discussion for the Country, Vol. 2 within the theme “Peningkatan Peran BPDP Kelapa Sawit Dalam Pengembangan Sawit: Minyak Sawit Sebagai Bio-Energi” in Hotel Akmani, Jakarta, Wednesday (9/1/2019).
The same was told by Chairman of Ikatan Ahli Biofuel Indonesia (IKABI), Dr. Tatang Hernas S.. He thought, palm oil has its potential to be developed as the liquid fuel. That is why every side should support it. “It has a big chance to develop palm oil as the liquid fuel. So it needs continous development,” he said.
The application of palm oil as the liquid fuel has been developed by Kis Technology Indonesia. According to Didik Purwanto, the technology application has been developing in the world and could develop palm oil as the most potential liquid fuel. “We have started developing Bio CNG project in palm oil – base in Indonesia,” he said.
According to Head of Sub unit Non Food Plantation Industry, General Directorate of Agro Industry, Ministry of Industry, Lila Harsyah Bakhtiar, ST, MT., everyone should support to develop downstream palm oil industries and to run those. “As the biggest palm oil producer in the world, palm oil downstream industries should keep developing in Indonesia,” she said.
Asosiasi Produsen Biofuel Indonesia (APROBI), MP Tumanggor also explained that there are massive issues in biofuel industries in Indonesia because the productions are limited still to the capacity of the industries. That is why APROBI supports more biodiesel usage in Indonesia. “We do hope that the biodiesel usage could increase, such as, mandatory B30 and could be realized as soon as possible,” he said.
PT Pertamina (Persero), as the company belonging to the government that helps to distribute and sell biodiesel, has its important role to advance biodiesel industries nationally. Supply Chain Operational Manager, Directorate of LSCI, PT Pertamina (Persero), Gema Iriandus Pahalawan said that palm oil biodiesel industry could help the stocks of fuel nationally. “Biodiesel from palm oil is very helpful to procure the biodisel material,” he said. (T2)