Indonesian state-owned energy corporation Pertamina has tested a blend of a new jet fuel product and a small amount of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in a short haul flight from Jakarta to Bandung, the Jakarta Globe reported on 6 October.
A CN-235 propeller aircraft manufactured by state-owned aerospace company Dirgantara Indonesia was used for the test flight, the report said.
Developed by Pertamina and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Bioavtur uses a blend of palm kernel oil and kerosene, according to the report.
The test flight was the first time that Bioavtur, which comprises a 2.4% blend of SAF, had been used in a real situation, the Jakarta Globe wrote.
Bioavtur would enter production scale at Pertamina’s 8,000 barrels/day oil refinery in the central Java town of Cilacap, the company’s president director Nicke Widyawati was quoted as saying.
According to a ministerial regulation issued in 2015, the Indonesian government aimed to reach a 5% blend of biofuel in aviation fuels by 2025, the report said.