African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) has declared its aim to produce and supply low sulphur fuel as a means of improving air quality in the continent.
At its annual conference in Cape Town, ARA affirmed its objective to produce and supply the continent with clean gasoline and diesel in line with the AFRI-4 low sulphur levels specifications proposed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
During the 3-day meeting, with theme “Achieving Clean Fuels in Africa”, ARA urged importing nations to implement the proposal in 2017 and refiners by 2020.
The event was attended by over 500 delegates including investors and financial institutions.
The conference emphasized need for strong independent regulation to create investor confidence.
The conference also examined the issue of regional harmonisation of specifications as well as Members’ current work with regional organisations such as ECOWAS and SADC.
ARA President, Ibrahim Talba Malla, Chief Executive of the Cameroon refinery, commended delegates for the commitment to clean fuels in the continent and said it will help improve African air quality.
“I was very pleased to see that this meeting was all about action and results. We have pressed hard on the accelerator and we expect ARA members to come back to Cape Town next year with reports of real change in their home countries and regions”
Highlight of the conference was release of ARA official “Policy on Product Specifications”, of which copies is available in English and French on request.