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Experts: second-generation biofuel may arrive in Latvia in two years

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Arttu Airiainen

Second-generation biofuel arrival on the Latvian fuel market is only a matter of time and may happen after two years, recognizes Arttu Airiainen, head of the SIA Neste Latvija Baltic branch, and Juris Puce, State Secretary at the Economy Ministry.

It is just a matter of time before this fuel is available in Latvia. For example, in Helsinki at least 300 public transport buses use Neste product – second-generation biodiesel, because there is practically almost no first-generation biodiesel in Finland. We would like to sell it in Latvian already today, but the law does not allow it, Airiainen points out.

Asked about the potential price of such fuel, Neste head indicates it is difficult to predict it. While the prices in Finland are high due to large taxes, so the second-generation biofuel costs about 1.50 euro or 1.05 lats.

Also, the Saeima National Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Politics Committee member Einārs Cilinskis admits the second-generation biofuel could enter the Latvian market at any moment. Another thing is when Latvian businessmen will start producing it. Presently, there are ongoing discussions on the matter.

While Juris Pūce, State Secretary at the Economy Ministry, points out the second generation biofuel definition is a technologically vague concept.

Relevant technologies are available already now, yet their price is not proportionate, so for the time being it is not possible to produce a competitive product in Latvia, because risks of raw materials are too high. However, I predict second-generation biofuel will triumph, since the technological progress is unstoppable, Puce says.

He also emphasizes the Cabinet of Ministers’ regulations will determine a specific time-limit for authorization of second-generation biofuel trade.

We have discussed this matter with Neste. There are no objections to the product as such; however Latvia does not have the capacity to assess its compliance with the criteria and we are counting on the adoption of a single European standard. The process is ongoing; experts are working on it and probably the next two years will bring the expected outcome. Neste has introduced the second generation in its home market, but Latvia currently cannot afford it – we do not have such national oil production companies whose capacity would allow exporting such products, Puce notes.


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