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Thailand: Jet biofuel to take flight from 2012

Thailand will start developing biofuel for jets to meet demand from 2012, when European aviation regulations calling for green fuel in airplanes take effect, says the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department.

“That means Thailand’s international airports should have airplane-compatible biofuel available to serve European airlines,” said Twarath Sutabutr, the deputy director-general.

“We want to become the aviation hub for Southeast Asia, and that means we’ll have to have all the essential supplies to serve their requirements. Jet biofuel will absolutely be needed, so we should start developing it now.”

Average annual jet fuel demand in Thailand is about 4 billion litres. To meet the demand for biofuel to mix in with jet fuel, the country should expand the area of palm oil plantations or turn to other fuel crops such as algae or sweet sorghum.

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