The first public sale of PTT UltraForce Diesel B10 biodiesel in Thailand has been officiated by Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan, Petrol Plaza reported on 30 May.

Thailand was promoting B10 biodiesel as the main diesel fuel to replace the current B7 biodiesel by 2021.

The country was offering an excise tax discount of 1 baht (US$0.03)/litre for B10 biodiesel, to encourage drivers to make the switch.

The ministry anticipated that the introduction of B10 biodiesel would raise palm oil consumption from 1.5M tonnes/year to 2M tonnes/year, Pattaya Mail reported.

There were currently 1,600 PTT petrol stations in Thailand, Petrol Plaza said.