State Trading Corporation: Diesel Low Sulfur Now on the Market
19 March 2012 - lexpress.mu
The State Trading Corporation (STC) has approved, during the weekend, the first cargo of diesel with a lower sulfur content available on the world market. The Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) will drastically reduce pollution on our roads.
STC has started distributing diesel with a sulfur content of 50 ppm (parts per million) with service stations from Saturday, March 17. The corporation has taken delivery of a first shipment of 11,000 tons ULSD. However, it was six to eight weeks for the new fuel replaces the old one completely.
The ULSD, refined European standards, just replace the diesel to 500 ppm currently available on the market, itself introduced in 2010. He was then replaced with a diesel fuel sulfur content of 2500 ppm.
The objective of this improvement in fuel quality, used in most cases by commercial vehicles and commercial, is to reduce pollution. Thus, the new fuel will not only reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, but also toxic gases that directly affect public health. This cleaner diesel also has the property to extend the life of fuel injection.
Another effect of this change in the country's energy policy: it will allow the importation of vehicles manufactured to European standards on fuel. These standards aim to reduce further pollution, fuel consumption.
Standards that were adopted in 2006 in Europe and North America. As regards the price of ULSD 50 ppm of sulfur, it differs slightly from that of diesel imported so far by the STC. According to initial estimates made at the corporation, taking into account the price of a barrel early this year, a liter of ULSD will cost 75 cents more expensive.
This difference is explained by a higher cost of refining in the case of ULSD. The STC has not yet decided whether it will pass this additional cost directly to consumers or if the depreciation will otherwise.