Biodiesel blend of 5% was tested in 2007 with the assistance of LTA and the bus companies. The tests included fuel consumption and opacity testing. At the end of the testing period mixed results were obtained for the buses and vehicles. To improve its facility for fuel testing, the Department of Energy installed a B100 testing facility at the Central Plant pool Walubay in 2015. The facility is compatible with and can test B100 and E100 fuel blends.
Furthermore, the Department has also been working with USP to establish an accredited biofuel laboratory at USP. This is the first of its kind in Fiji and the region and the facility will be able to test biodiesel and ethanol fuels.
The coco diesel 2% blending trails commenced mid January 2007. To date, out of the 18 participants, coco diesel blending trails data have been received from 13 candidates while the remaining 5 candidates, data is yet to be received. The vehicles tested ranged from buses, taxis, container haulage trucks and 4WDs. The tests will continue for a period of 90 days. The commencing of the blending trails for each vehicle vary and a few vehicles have not started yet with the 2% coco diesel because insufficient data was available for the litres of diesel fuel and odometer reading, they will start by the end of April 2007. The results collated have positive and negative influence on vehicle efficiencies while smoke emission tests have shown remarkable improvements. The blending test continues and few vehicles will complete the 90 days testing period by the end of April 2007. Other vehicles will continue the test and complete the course in June- July 2007.