Export of biodiesel from Ukraine is still invisible. We have the prerequisites to become a major supplier of this product to foreign markets. This opinion was expressed in his column on “UkrAgroConsult”, the regional representative of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council in the CIS countries.
The expert explains that the current situation may change after the adoption by the parliament of the bill registered in the Verkhovna Rada under No. 7348. The main innovation of this document is the establishment of mandatory quotas for producers and importers of motor fuel for the content of biocomponents in the total sales in Ukraine and fines for non-compliance requirements.
The document has already received the support of the transport committee of the Verkhovna Rada. The final draft law is expected in the near future, then the adoption of parliaments.
“In this case, Ukraine will get all the opportunities to turn into a major exporter of biodiesel to Europe,” Udovenko said. And gives an example of Bulgaria: in 5 years the country increased the export of biodiesel from 4 thousand tons to 354 thousand tons. During the same period, Poland increased the export of biofuels from 169 to 552 thousand tons.
Ukraine can go this way too, because the country is the largest exporter of sunflower oil, Udovenko says. In 2017, 5.7 million tonnes of produced 6.2 million tonnes of this oil were exported to foreign markets. 166 thousand tons of soybean oil were exported of the whole 186 thousand tonnes. And 64 thousand tons of rapeseed oil from the whole 105 thousand tons were also exported.
“In fact, Ukraine has the potential to increase production of biodiesel based on any of these three oils,” the expert notes.
In addition, for its own plants for refining, Ukraine already produces a large number of fatty acid oils, another component of biodiesel. Low cost and high quality can make the fatty acids of deodorization a good raw material for its production.
Udovenko says Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and also Bulgaria are the promising markets for Ukraine.