The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and the state-owned PTT Plc yesterday (March 17) jointly kicked off the six-month test run of trains using biodiesel between Ban Laem-Mae Klong stations in Samut Songkram.
The test run was in response to the government’s policy to stimulate the use of biodiesel that will benefit palm oil farmers now suffering from falling palm prices.
The test run aimed to test the feasibility of upgrading current use of B7 biodiesel to B10 biodiesel on diesel locomotives.
The move corresponds with the government’s plans to promote increased local consumption of palm oil to solve the problem of oversupply.
Department of Energy Business director-general Witoon Kulcharoen-Wirat said that he will be meeting will automotive manufacturers to promote greater usage of B10 petroleum in cars.
He expected that B10 fuels would be introduced into the market by the end of the year.