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Monday, 18 February 2019 - 16:13
Indonesian presidential hopefuls vow energy self-sufficiency through palm
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Indonesia's two presidential candidates pledged yesterday to achieve energy self-sufficiency by boosting the use of bio-energy, particularly fuelled by palm oil, to cut costly oil imports by Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil producer, has been pushing for all diesel fuel used in the country to contain bio-diesel to boost palm consumption, slash fuel imports, and narrow a yawning current account gap.

In a televised election debate, President Joko Widodo said if he won a second term the government planned to implement a B100 programme, referring to fuel made entirely from palm oil, after last year making it mandatory to use biodiesel containing 20 per cent bio-content.
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