During the next 5-6 months, the Ministry of Transport will be testing B10 biodiesel, a biodiesel blend that is 10% biodiesel mixed with petrodiesel, in locomotives.
The trial period started in February and will last for six months, according to Tanongsak Pongprasert, the deputy governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), adding that so far no problems or issues have been reported. He acknowledged, however, that the SRT is working with PTT Public Company Limited to make B10 biodiesel more efficient despite satisfactory results over the past month.
Witoon Kulchroenwirat, the director-general of the Department of Energy Business, said his department has been studying the use of B10 with cars. Study results will be concluded this year. The department is also testing B20 biodiesel with trucks, he said.
Pailin then asked the SRT and the state-owned oil company to encourage the use of B10 in the logistics industry.