China to accelerate introduction of cleaner transport fuels
Singapore (Platts)--7Feb2013/524 am EST/1024 GMT
China aims to speed up implementation of tighter fuel specifications and
improve the quality of its transport fuels, the State Council said late
The government said given the rapid growth in vehicle ownership, it
wants to implement National Phase IV emissions standards -- with sulfur
content limited to 50 parts per million -- as soon as possible, according to
a work report issued by Premier Wen Jiabao posted on the website of the State
Council, or Cabinet.
The statement said Phase IV standards for gasoline are now being
introduced, overseen by the State General Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
The government had previously said the deadline for transition to Phase
IV gasoline would be in early 2014.
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The transition deadline for Phase IV diesel used in vehicles will be the
end of 2014, unchanged from previously, the statement said.
The transition period for the switch to Phase V standard fuels will
start this year, tightening sulfur specifications to 10 ppm. Phase V diesel
will start to be introduced from June this year, and Phase V gasoline by the
end of this year, with the transition period for both fuels expiring in 2017,
the statement said.
Beijing is the only city using Phase V gasoline, which it adopted on
February 1. The capital has suffered chronic air pollution which reached
hazardous levels in recent weeks.
The work report also called for an acceleration of upgrades in China's
refineries to secure sufficient supplies of oil products that meet the
"PetroChina, Sinopec and China National Offshore Oil Corp. must first
complete their scheduled enhancements, and increase motor engine
technological development and research," the statement said.
In addition, the report said there would be more rigorous inspections
and penalties to ensure the quality of oil products is adhered to, but it
also encouraged more self-regulation within the refining industry.
State refiners are already investing in upgrades at their major
refineries. Sinopec chairman Fu Chengyu said January 31 the company would
complete upgrades of desulfurization facilities at its refineries by the end
of this year, and start producing gasoline and diesel that meet the Phase IV
emissions standard from 2014.
--Song Yen Ling, firstname.lastname@example.org
--Edited by Irene Tang, email@example.com