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Paulwell says Petrojam will supply low sulphur diesel this year

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 9:52 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - The country’s state-run oil refinery, Petrojam, will be supplying low-sulphur diesel fuel to the public later this year.

According to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, the move comes as Government continues to take steps to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle exhausts on the environment.

“I am very much aware of the problem with sulphur content in diesel and I have mandated Petrojam, to start importing clean diesel by the middle of this year, so we can stop having those ill effects of our SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) and diesel driven vehicles,” he said.

Paulwell was speaking Tuesday at a Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) breakfast forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston.

Low-sulphur diesel is required for optimal operation in most late-model diesel vehicles and provides cleaner exhausts.

Typically, vehicles that use diesel with high sulphur content require more frequent oil change and regular servicing to maintain efficiency.

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