With an increasing number of biofuel-supplying petrol stations, the Chinese city of Shanghai is on track to meet its annual target of using 30,000 tonnes of B5 biodiesel made from used cooking oil (UCO).

With an increasing number of biofuel-supplying petrol stations, the Chinese city of Shanghai is on track to meet its annual target of using 30,000 tonnes of B5 biodiesel made from used cooking oil (UCO).

In August, the number of fuelling stations offering the B5 fuel – consisting of 5% biodiesel – increased to 40, and their operator Sinopec expected the number to grow further to 200 by the end of the year, wrote Shine on 14 September.

Shanghai had an annual target of using 30,000 tonnes of BD100 biodiesel produced from UCO, or gutter oil as it is known in China.

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co vice general manager Lu Wei said B5 was popular amongst Shanghainese consumers who were increasingly recognising the fuel for its high quality.

“At first sales of B5 accounted for only 10-20% of all diesel sold at our fuelling stations, but now it’s up to 35%,” Lu said.

The price of the UCO biodiesel was also attractive to consumers, as Sinopec sold the fuel for 0.3 yuan/litre (4 US cents) cheaper than regular diesel, with 0.24 yuan subsidised by the Chinese state and 0.06 yuan by Sinopec itself.

The firm said it was now capable of delivering 600,000 tonnes/year of B5 to Shanghai’s petrol stations.