PTT - BMTA Proceeds to Announce Public Bus Use of B20 to Reduce PM 2.5 Dust Particles

Energy Press Releases Thursday January 31, 2019 14:16
Bangkok--31 Jan--PTT

In respond to Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Transport toward supporting the use of B20 in public transportations to help reducing small dust particles thus solving the problem of falling palm oil prices. BMTA urged to change all 2,075 buses to use B20 by 1 February 2019. PTT prepares to supply B20 at volume of 187,000 liters per day. Hino – Isuzu is confidence in the use of B20 for its cars.

Today (31 January 2019) at PTT Public Company Limited, Head Office, Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport and Dr. Siri Jirapongphan Minister of Energy preside the press conference together with PTT and BMTA, announced the readiness of public transportation buses using B20 biodiesel. Moreover, there were Mr. Chansin Treenuchagron, President and Chief Executive Officer, PTT Public Company Limited together with Mr. Prayoon Choygeo, Deputy Director Acting as Directors of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), Mr. Amnuay Pongwicharn, Executive Vice President of Hino Motors Sales (Thailand) and Mr.Vichai Sinananpat, Director, Sales and Marketing Group of Tri Petch Isuzu Sales Company Limited attended the announcement.

The Minister of Energy said, due to the situation of crude palm oil exceeding the market causing low prices, The Ministry of Energy has considered increasing palm oil use in biodiesel for the transportation sector. Therefore, the proportion of palm oil in biodiesel for general car uses increase from 6.6 percent to 6.9 percent. The implementation of the sale of diesel fuel containing 20 percent biodiesel for large vehicles in general service stations, will be available for sale in the Bangkok area from 1 February 2019 onwards. B20 diesel oil had been experimentally used with BMTA form of transportation, which the results are no such effects on the engines and the fuel consumption rate is not different from high-speed diesel. In addition, on the plus side, it makes clean combustion for car's engines, which is environmentally friendly as well. As for the long-term solutions of air pollution problems, the Department of Energy Business has already asked for cooperation from the domestic oil refinery to set a plan of oil quality improve from EURO4 (contain sulfur under 50 ppm) to be EURO5 (contain sulfur under 10 ppm), which will help combustion in car engines to be cleaner.

The Minister of Transport said that the Ministry of Transport has instructed all agencies under the ministry to urgently alleviate the situation of PM 2.5 particulate matter. Starting with the Department of Land Transport to arrange teams to inspect the condition of all public buses which having problem of black smoke. While BMTA adjust all 2,075 public buses to use B20 biodiesel to help reduce the pollution and there will be 119 NGV buses more for public service. Furthermore, clean-energy used buses will be urged to supply for public service, which consist of NGV buses, Hybrid Cars, Electric Vehicles (EV) to be long-term solutions. Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRT) to obtain a strict measure to reduce particle dusts in all three projects construction sites. The Expressway Authority of Thailand strictly solves dust particles problems at the expressway tollbooth. While the Department of Highways and Department of Rural Roads takes serious environmental measures through coordinating with the Harbor Department to inspect service boat engines.

Deputy Director Acting as Directors of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) said that BMTA has implemented the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Transport policy of supporting domestic palm oil use to help palm farmers as well as reducing small dust particles of 2.5 microns (PM 2.5) affecting the people's health. During October-December 2018, BMTA has experimented with using B20 diesel oil on 17 regular buses, thus resulting in engines are able to operate normally. And the fuel consumption rate is close to that of the current B7 diesel oil used in BMTA. Therefore, plans to bring B20 diesel fuel to use with 2,075 ordinary buses and air-conditioned buses are divided into 2 phases: Phase 1, use B20 diesel fuel with 815 ordinary buses on 15 January 2019. Phase 2, use B20 diesel fuel on 1,260 ordinary buses and air-conditioned buses from 1 February 2019 onwards.

President & Chief Executive Officer, PTT Public Company Limited said PTT would like to be a part of supporting the governmental measures to solve the exceeding standard of small dust particles, PM 2.5 and low price situation of palm oil. As for the public transportation, PTT is ready to supply and transport B20 diesel oil, which is a diesel oil with a mixture of 20 percent pure palm oil, to all 2,075 BMTA public buses, which estimated fuel consumption is 187,000 liters per day. PTT, as national oil company under the Ministry of the Energy will continuously develop clean fuels for the environment to improve well-being of Thai people.

Latest Press Release

LONGi Solar achieves top-performing AA-rating status in new PV ModuleTech Bankability rankings

LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, has achieved AA-Rating status, in the first quarterly release of PV-Tech's new PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings. LONGi Solar is one of only four solar photovoltaic (PV) module...

Thailand and Germany kick-start efforts to increase the climate resilience of communities at Sakaekrang river basin

The Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH organised a launch of their joint project activities under the Thai-German Climate Programme - Water (TGCP –...

Risen Energy#s USD 467 million high-efficiency heterojunction project in Ninghai, China commences construction

On August 19, Risen Energy Co., Ltd. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its 2.5GW high-efficiency heterojunction cell and module project in Ninghai, a county within the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang province. On the same day, several other major projects...

First Training on the Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Natural Refrigerants in Air Conditioners Launched in Thailand

Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), the Electricity Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH joined up to launch the "Grand Opening of First R Training: Safe Use and...

UPDATE: Venture Global Announces Final Investment Decision and Financial Close for Calcasieu Pass LNG

Venture Global LNG, Inc. is proud to announce the final investment decision (FID) and closing of the project financing for the company's Calcasieu Pass LNG facility and associated TransCameron pipeline in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The proceeds of the...

Related Topics