The Federal Government will from July 1, begin the enforcement of new Sulphur levels in petrol, diesel and kerosene.
The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said the set new standards on petroleum fuels is as a result of health concerns in the sector.
NADDC in a statement yesterday, signed by its Director General/CEO, Engr. Aminu Jalal, pointed out that Sulphur in petroleum fuels results in vehicle exhaust emissions that have negative health and environmental impacts, adding that harmful emission reducing technologies in vehicles also require low Sulphur fuels to be effective.
According to the statement, “SON, after due consultations with relevant stakeholders, have therefore reduced the maximum allowed levels of Sulphur in petroleum fuels in Nigeria.
“From July 1, 2017, Diesel fuel (AGO) should have maximum Sulphur levels of 50 parts per million (ppm) (Reference NIS 948:2017).
“From July 1, 2017, Petroleum motor spirit (Petrol) should have maximum Sulphur levels of 150 ppm (Reference NIS 116:2017).
“From July 1, 2017, Household Kerosene (HHK) should have maximum sulphur levels of 150 ppm (Reference NIS 949:2017),” the statement read in part.
It explained that Petroleum fuels that have high sulphur levels generate directly high emission levels in automotive engines.
Such vehicle emissions, it said, contain high level of toxic pollutants such as benzenes and particulates that have negative impacts on human health and on the environment. It noted that technically, modern vehicles require fuels that meet high quality standards for a more efficient operation of their engines.