Argentina considers 10% biodiesel blend mandate for 2012

02 December 2011 20:50  [Source: ICIS news]

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (ICIS)--Argentina is considering a B10 (10% biodiesel, 90% petro-diesel) mandate for 2012, a manager for a refiner said on Friday.

“Argentina has been using FAME [fatty acid methyl ester biodiesel] since January 2010 at the B5 level,” said Monica Graciela Vazquez, technical service manager for Argentine refiner Repsol YPF.

Vasquez was speaking at the 7th ICIS Pan-American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference.

“We are looking at the B10 for passenger cars, but are not yet finished with the lubricant tests,” Vasquz added.

Using biodiesel is fairly common in Argentina, where about 20% of the passenger motor vehicles run on diesel, the speaker said.

Biodiesel used as a diesel fuel blendstock can add stress to engine lubrication systems, invoking the need for testing the lubricant blends and additives ahead of a B10 initiative, Vasquez said.

The country also has B30 testing underway for its light vehicles.

The ICIS Pan-American Base Oils & Lubricants meeting ends on Friday.

By: Judith Taylor
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