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BRANDING AND AVAILABILITY OF STANDARD (500 ppm) AND LOW SULPHUR (50 ppm) DIESEL PRODUCTS IN SOUTH AFRICA : SEPTEMBER, 2007

Effective early 2006 two grades of diesel were legislated by the South African Department of Minerals and Energy with maximum sulphur levels of 500 ppm (parts per million) and 50 ppm respectively. While all diesel vehicles benefit from the use of low sulphur diesel, the 50 ppm grade was specifically introduced to accommodate the increasing number of new technology diesel vehicles entering the South African market designed to operate on current European diesel fuel which has a maximum sulphur level of 50 ppm and to accomodate new technology particle filter equipped vehicles which may only use diesel fuel with a sulphur level not exceeding 50 ppm .

The 50 ppm low sulphur grade is now being marketed by an increasing number of oil companies in South Africa alongside the standard (500 ppm) grade, it however remains a concern that despite Government legislation many filling stations still do not display legally prescribed labelling to indicate the sulphur level of the diesel fuel on sale.

The table below outlines low sulphur diesel fuels currently marketed and the corresponding standard grade diesel. If the pump does not display a 'low sulphur 50 ppm' label it should be assumed to be of the standard 500 ppm sulphur level quality.

Availability of low sulphur diesel (50 ppm) products in South Africa: September 2007

BRAND STANDARD DIESEL: 500 ppm LOW SULPHUR DIESEL: 50 ppm LOW SULPHUR DIESEL 50 ppm AVAILABILITY
SHELL Shell Diesel Extra Shell V-Power Diesel 50 ppm grade available at all 'Ultra City' and selected city outlets nationally
SASOL Sasol Turbodiesel Sasol Turbodiesel ULS 50 ppm grade available at all Sasol 'Convenience Centres' nationally
TOTAL Total Ecodiesel + Total Ecodiesel Premium + 50 ppm grade available at selected Total and most 'Petroport' sites nationally
BP BP Ultimate diesel 500 BP Ultimate diesel 50 50 ppm grade available at selected sites in Durban and Cape Town

The above is based on best advice received from the respective Oil Companies. Similarly a list of filling stations supplying sub 50 ppm S diesel is maintained on the NAAMSA website at www.naamsa.co.za. Click on Availability of low sulphur diesel and 95 ULP in the bottom left hand corner of the NAAMSA website.

S A Rayner
Chairman - NAAMSA Fuel & Emissions Working Group

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