Govt Sets up Bensa, Palm-Oil Based Substitute for Gasoline

Summary

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), in collaboration with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), conducted a trial on producing palm oil-based gasoline for motorized vehicles named Bensa. ESDM Minister Arifin Tasrif expects Bensa can be mass-produced later.

"Bensa is still a pilot project, still taking a long time and efforts to get to the commercial stage," he said Tuesday (1/25). "However, from the laboratory scale, from the pilot plant, of course, we can take crucial parameters towards a commercial production scale."

According to the plan, the government seeks to produce 238.5 kiloliters of Bensa per day. The production facilities will be built in Musi Banyuasin Regency, South Sumatra, and Pelalawan Regency, Riau. "From the current pilot plant, it [the production] reaches 1,000 liters per day," Arifin said.

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