* Indonesia will run a comprehensive trial for its B30 biodiesel programme in mid-November or early December, Paulus Tjakrawan, vice chairman of Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association, said on Friday.
* The country aims to implement in 2020 a mandatory programme for biodiesel containing 30% of palm-based fuel, higher than the current 20%.
* The trial is aimed at testing the readiness of Indonesia’s fuel distribution and storage systems, and how the fuel will work in a wider range of vehicles, Tjakrawan said
* It is expected to consume an additional 250,000-400,000 kilo litres (KL) of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) made from palm oil, the feedstock of the fuel, which awaits approval from the energy ministry
* The government has allocated 9.59 million KL of FAME for its mandatory biofuel programme in 2020, up from 2019’s 6.63 million allocation.
* Expectations of higher palm oil consumption for the B30 programme plus slowing output has sent palm oil prices in Malaysia to near two-year highs this week. (Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Jan Harvey)