Jakarta. Cemerlang Energi Perkasa and Kutai Refinery Nusantara, subsidiaries of the Apical Group, one of Indonesia's largest palm oil exporters, announced their support for the government's decision to expand the use of biodiesel derived from crude palm oil.
The government announced on Friday (31/08) that it would make the use of biodiesel, or B20, mandatory for non-subsidized, or non-public service, obligations from Sept. 1.
Cemerlang Energi and Kutai Refinery each received a 174,341-kiloliter non-public service obligation allocation for May-December and a 89,097-kiloliter non-public service obligation allocation for September-December, to be distributed in Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Bali, Banten and East Nusa Tenggara.
"Apical fully supports the use of renewable energy from palm oil to achieve national energy sustainability, and supports the growth and usage of eco-friendly energy across Indonesia," Jimmy Sinaga, head of commercial biodiesel at Apical, said during the government announcement, which was also attended by Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.