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PIA Press Release
2007/06/04

PCA to open coco diesel station in Cebu by yearend

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (4 June) -- The Philippine Coconut Authority in the region (PCA-7) is set to establish a Coco Diesel Station within the PCA-7 compound at Mandanue City before the year ends.

Deodiro Ravela, PCA-7 regional director said, the PCA-central has already approved his proposal to establish the Filetered Coco Biofuel Station in Central Visayas right at the PCA compound in Cebu province.

Ravelo said, the coco biofuel station will use crude coconut oil through the filtration system the result of which is coco bio-diesel that can be used as alternative fuel for vehicles. According to Ravelo, the PCA officials adopted this technology that this technolody came from the Marshall Island where most of its vehicles are already using pure coco diesel.

He added that with the filtered coco biofuel station in Cebu, PCA hopes to extract virgin coconut oil from the remaining 40% of the filtered coconut while the desiccated (Sapal) residue can still be used for crude oil that can still be processed into coco-diesel.

The PCA director said that in his own car, he blended coco bio-diesel into his gasoline requirements and he noted that his gasoline lasts longer and his car has less carbon emissions. "It means by blending coco bio-diesel to your gasoline, it is only economical but also environmentally-friendly," Ravelo explained.

However, Ravelo said that majority of the private vehicles in the country are not yet mechanically ready for the bio-fuel blend. He added that the government has mandated the use of bio-fuels such as sugarcane and coconut by-products as alternative sources of energy as the solution to the overpowering problem global warming and energy shortage.

It is noted, according to him is the number one cause of air pollution comes from vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide. However, Ravela added that most taxis in Cebu are already using bio-diesel after their engines had been calibrated to accept such fuel blend. Some of them also use LPG.

The bio-diesel station in Cebu is a first step to a more environmentally-friendly search of alternative sources of energy to wean the country from too much dependence on imported oil, Ravelo concluded. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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