Indonesia successfully tests bioavtur powered flights

The success will be a milestone in the effort to increase bioavtur’s contribution to air transport

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia has successfully carried out test flights on the Bandung-Jakarta route using bioavtur, a jet fuel derived in part from palm oil, said the Minister of Energy and Arifin Tasrif Mineral Resources in a statement released Wednesday.

Indonesia made history with the test flights, which were carried out from Bandung in West Java to Jakarta on a CN-235-220 Flying Test Bed (FTB) aircraft powered by bioavtur, made notice the minister.

“This success will be an important step in efforts to increase the contribution of bioavtur in air transport, in order to improve national energy resilience and security,” he said.

The regulation of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources n ° 12/2015 stipulated the compulsory use of 3% of biofuel in bioavtur in 2020.

The proportion will be raised to 5% by 2025, noted the minister.

However, the bioavtur mixture is not yet performing optimally due to several issues regarding the availability, technology and economic value of bioavtur, Tasrif explained.

“Until today, we have come a long way involving various parties,” said the minister.

Co-processing of bioavtur started at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) using Refined Deodorized Bleached Palm Kernel Oil (RBDPKO) as the raw material and the red and white catalyst, he informed. .

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An industrial-scale co-processing test was carried out at the IV Cilacap refinery, owned by state-owned oil company PT Pertamina (Persero), to produce J2.0 in 2020 and J2.4 in early 2021, a- he declared.

A series of tests carried out in September this year showed that the J2.4 meets avtur specifications, meaning the product can be used as an alternative to pure avtur, he added.

At the same time, a series of flight tests were conducted from September 8 to October 6, 2021 to test the biofuel, Tasrif reported.

“Further research and development is still underway to produce the J100; therefore, the bioavtur can be used by all Indonesian and foreign airlines,” he said.

J2.4 bioavtur contains 2.4% deodorized bleached refined palm kernel oil and is produced using a catalyst, he said.

In 2020, the Pertamina refinery in Dumai, Riau, produced 100% biohydrocarbon diesel from refined bleached and deodorized palm oil (RBDPO), he noted.

RBDPO is a palm oil product that has been refined to remove free fatty acids and purified to remove its color and odor.

This early production would become a key point in the development of green products, including biodiesel and bioavtur, said the minister.

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