B10, B7 pro­gramme deferred to a later date, says Mah

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

PUTRAJAYA: The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the biodiesel 10% blend (B10) and biodiesel 7% blend (B7) pro­grammes in the trans­porta­tion and in­dus­trial sec­tors has been deferred to a later date.

Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter a thor­ough study and tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the dif­fer­ence be­tween crude palm oil (CPO) and diesel prices in the cur­rent volatile mar­ket.

“We have de­cided to de­fer it (im­ple­men­ta­tion of B10 and B7) un­til a more suit­able time, when the gap be­tween oil and palm oil prices is not so big,” he told a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

Mah said the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing there is no cost bur­den to the peo­ple at this time.

The gov­ern­ment had agreed to strengthen im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Biodiesel pro­gramme by in­creas­ing the blend for the trans­porta­tion sec­tor to B10. The B7 pro­gramme for the in­dus­trial sec­tor was to be im­ple­mented next month. – Ber­nama

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