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: Turkey to reduce sulphur in diesel from Jan 1



From: Reuters
Published November 19, 2007 12:20 PM

Turkey to reduce sulphur in diesel from Jan 1

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will reduce the sulphur content of its diesel fuel to harmonize with European Union standards starting from January 1, 2008, an official from the country's energy watchdog agency said on Monday.

Turkey's energy markets regulator will change diesel sulphur levels for fuel for tractors to contain 1,000 parts per million from current levels of 2,000 ppm, he said.

"Diesel will contain half the amount of sulphur it currently has," said Nuri Karaoz, an official at the watchdog's petrol division.

Turkey will also change regulations to reduce the levels of sulphur in diesel for commercial vehicles and cars to 50 ppm, starting July 1, 2008, he said.

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Diesel with 50 ppm sulphur is standard in the European Union.

Diesel containing 7,000 ppm sulphur will be taken off the market, the agency's web site said.

Earlier this month, Turkish refiner Tupras said Turkey would switch to cleaner heating oil with just 0.1 percent sulphur from January 1, 2008.

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