Aloha Petroleum Donates Biodiesel for Marine Corps

HONOLULU -- Aloha Petroleum Ltd. donated several hundred gallons of B20 biodiesel fuel to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which is testing its use in tactical vehicles, the company reported. The B20 demonstration project is the first in Hawaii involving military vehicles and is expected to last up to a year.

"Aloha Petroleum already supplies B20 biodiesel to several private companies and government agencies in Hawaii. Our customers have been pleased with the results and we think the military will be, too," Larry Adams, Aloha Petroleum director of sales and marketing said in a released statement. The B20 is being tested in select tactical, non-deployed vehicles operating on the base.

B20 is a blend of 20 percent B100 (100 percent biodiesel) and 80 percent ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. The biodiesel for the demonstration project comes from local used cooking oil (including used cooking oil from dining facilities on the base) produced by Pacific Biodiesel, according to the company, which blends the renewable biofuel with diesel at its terminal in Campbell Industrial Park. Aloha Petroleum and Pacific Biodiesel donated the first 420 gallons of B20 for the demonstration project.

"There is strong demand for B20 and we're glad that we are able to offer it to our customers," said Adams. "We embrace the use of alternative energy products and support the further expansion of biodiesel fuel in the islands."

The City and County of Honolulu and HECO are among the government agencies and companies that purchase B20 from Aloha Petroleum. The biodiesel blend is also used in the ferryboats that transport visitors across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial. Aloha Petroleum has supplied fuel to the military through the Defense Energy Support Center contract for a number of years.

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