PREMIUMIndonesia’s biofuel plan in limbo as problems in sugarcane production mount

first_imgTopics : Indonesia biogasoline Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry bioethanol-mixed-gasoline-E10 biodiesel sugarcane-farmers sugar-production LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia’s plan to roll out sugarcane-based biogasoline will miss another deadline this year as upstream problems in the country’s sugarcane heartland remain unsolved.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued five years ago a regulation mandating the nationwide use of 10 percent bioethanol-mixed gasoline (E10) starting this year, an increase from 2 percent in 2015, yet the target has still not been achieved.The biogasoline will be made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. However, a sugarcane farmers association in East Java, a province that accounts for half of domestic production, told The Jakarta Post that crop productivity had actually been falling over the past four years.“For bioethanol, the challenge is economic feasibility. [High] molasses prices and [low] sugarcane productivity makes ethanol’s main raw ingredient quite expensi… Facebook Google Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Linkedinlast_img

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