Indonesia's 2014 biodiesel consumption forecast to jump -industry

Indonesia's biodiesel consumption is likely to soar this year after the government introduced a new blending regulation, an industry group said on Monday.

Southeast Asia's biggest economy and the world's top producer of palm oil introduced a new regulation in August, aimed at burning more palm-based biodiesel and cutting its oil import bill.

Analysts have been skeptical that it could be fully implemented due to logistical hurdles in more remote provinces, but even a partial success has the potential to lift palm prices and narrow Indonesia's current account deficit.

Paulus Tjakrawan, chairman of the Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI), however, is optimistic.

"Domestic biodiesel sales may jump to 3 million kilolitres this year, up from 1.006 million kilolitres last year," Tjakrawan told reporters.»