CPC to phase out B2 biodiesel in three months

05/05/2014 10:46 PM
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Taipei, May 5 (CNA) CPC Corporation, Taiwan (CPC) has decided to phase out its renewable energy policy centered on biodiesel fuels because of problems the fuels caused to local motorists.

The state-run oil refiner said it has begun to discontinue supplies of B2 biodiesel -- 98 percent conventional diesel fuel blended with 2 percent biodiesel -- and expected the fuel to be completely phased out in three months, a company source said Monday.

According to the company, it made the move because Taiwan's humid weather and the low sulfur level in diesel fuels have led to biofuel-producing microbes clogging fuel tanks, affecting vehicle safety.

One hundred car owners complained in October 2013 alone that the B2 biodiesel had hurt their cars' performance, the company said, explaining why the fuel had to be discontinued even if it was environmentally friendly.

Taiwan started promoting a biodiesel policy in 2008 beginning with supplies of B1 biodiesel -- diesel fuel containing 1 percent biodesel -- that were later replaced by the B2 biodiesel in 2010.

(By Milly Lin and Evelyn Kao)

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