B10 Biodiesel road challenge ends a successful journey

Posted on : 05-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KUNDASANG: This morning marked the end of the B10 Trans Borneo Expedition as it journeyed to prove the reliability of biodiesel fuel, successfully reaching its final destination in Kundasang, Sabah with zero breakdowns or vehicle malfunctions.

Over the past five days, members of the media had the privilege to experience first hand the benefits of the clean, renewable fuel that can be used as a diesel substitute in all diesel powered engines.

B10 biodiesel (Euro 2M) is being touted as an alternative to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuel to meet ever growing energy needs.

This potential game-changer in the quest for sustainable advancement for existing biofuel production facilities is hoping to push the palm oil industry to make progress towards carbon reduction goals.

The purpose of the expedition was to prove that vehicles running on biodiesel were as reliable as any other diesel-powered vehicle, and defying the stereotypes regarding palm biodiesel, which is often but mistakenly thought to solidify at low temperatures.

The B10 biodiesel fuel is set to be available in the market this year for public, while the current B7 biodiesel (Euro 5) will be used for commercial logistics.

The expedition was jointly organised by the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry (MPIC) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

The drive covered some 1,189km, travelling from Belaga to Miri, Brunei, Limbang, Lawas and lastly to Kundasang, using a fleet of 14 4×4 vehicles and two 40-tonne fuel tankers over the course of five days.

B10 biodiesel is made from 10 per cent palm methyl ester and 90 per cent petroleum diesel.


Tourism: Diving a top draw for M’sia

Posted on : 05-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

LABUAN: Diving is a top draw in attracting tourists to Malaysia as the country offers over 40 diving destinations and marine parks, said Tourism Malaysia (TM) Deputy Director-General (Tourism) Datuk Seri Abdul Khani Daud.

He said these dive sites did not only serve as ecotourism wonders but also as a source of knowledge for future generations.

“We must not view these attractions simply in financial terms but conserving the environment and maintaining the biodiversity of these ecosystems,” he said in conjunction with the Mega Familiarisation Programme for Foreign Participants of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) -Course Director Training Course (CDTC) here last night.

His speech was delivered by TM deputy senior director (Package Development Division) Khairul Hilmi A. Manap.

Nineteen participants (professional certified divers) from China, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States were brought to this duty-free island for a four-day familiarisation programme to help promote Labuan dive sites and well-known destinations for wreck diving.