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NADDC rolls out new guideline on Sulphur levels for fuel

NADDC rolls out new guideline on Sulphur levels for fuel

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.
 

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