New diesel sulphur content rules to take off Saturday

Business News of Saturday, 1 July 2017



Fuel PumpsFile photo

Effective Saturday, July 1 2017, all imported diesel into Ghana should have a minimum sulphur content of not more than 50 million parts per million, barring any last minute changes.

This follows the implementation of the new regulation by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).

A study by the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) and the Swiss NGO, Public Eye in 2016 revealed that Ghanaian consumers were at a high risk of fuel contamination as the diesel products in use contained excess sulphur content than specified internationally.

The NPA subsequently reviewed its sulphur specification content to 3000 to 500 and eventually to 50 million parts per million to start in July this year.

Meanwhile the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) has a three-year grace period to reconfigure its equipment to attain the 50 million parts per million mark set in the draft national standard.

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