Environment

PCJ biofuels project

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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THE Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has disclosed that the biodiesel research it is conducting in concert with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute has reached the vehicular trials phase. PCJ Group General Manager Winston Watson made the announcement while delivering the opening remarks at the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo on Friday, June 16. “Through our research, we found that the castor plant is feasible for the development of biodiesel and we have developed a B5 blend which is now being used in vehicular trials,” Watson said. “While we cannot divulge too much information about the results at this point in time, we are refining the formula based on feedback from the trials which have been ongoing since December 2016. We are optimistic that, once this phase of the research is completed, our B5 blend of biofuels will be an affordable option for driving energy efficiency in the transportation sector,” he disclosed. The University of Technology, Jamaica will be advancing research on biofuels and other projects to promote research and development in renewable energy under a partnership agreement which the PCJ signed earlier this year. The incorporation of the PCJ’s B5 blend is anticipated to displace about 97,000 barrels of imported oil, amounting to savings of approximately $540 million annually. The project is also expected to give the local agricultural sector a boost as a new market of crops will be in demand for farmers to supply.
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