Brazil increases supply of S-500 low sulphur diesel

28 June 2013 23:25  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazil’s National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biodiesel (ANP) said on Friday that an additional 385 municipalities will be required to exclusively supply low sulphur S-500 diesel.

The new fuel specifications, effective on 1 July, will expand Brazil’s supply of S-500 diesel to about 3,000 of the country’s 5,500 municipalities.

According to ANP, the measures will affect all municipalities in the Brazilian states of Piaui, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Sergipe, Espirito Santo, Maranhao and Bahia.

The exception is the metropolitan areas of Recife in the state of Pernambuco, which has used S-10 ultra low diesel since 1 January 2013, the agency said.

The low sulphur fuel will replace current supplies of S-1800 diesel, which will be taken off the market altogether from 1 January 2014, the agency said.

S-500 diesel was first marketed in Brazil in 2006. On 1 January 2013, S-10 diesel replaced S-50 diesel in some of Brazil’s larger and more polluted metropolitan areas.

The switch to lower sulphur diesel fuel is being carried out on a gradual basis, ANP said.

By: Simon West

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