The management of Zen Petroleum Limited, the fourth largest oil marketing company in the country had introduced to the Ghanaian market low sulphur diesel in accordance with the National Petroleum Authority’s directive to move Ghana from 3000parts per million sulphur diesel content to 50 parts per million (ppm).

The company, had therefore imported11 million litres of 38 ppm Low Sulphur Diesel for its customers making it’s the first oil marketing company (OMC) to adhere to the NPA instructions to OMCs to turn to such low sulphur products by August 1.

The use of low sulphur diesel in the vehicular sector is to help control air pollution and associated health implications that came with such high sulphur content.

Mr. Nicolas De-Heer, Corporate Affairs and Branding, Zen Petroleum noted that, “the company is happy to have taken the lead to support the National Petroleum Authority directive to move from 3000 ppm Sulphur Diesel to Low Sulphur Diesel in Ghana.”

The Low Sulphur Diesel fuel would enable the use of advanced cleaner technology engines and vehicles in Ghana, resulting in significantly improved air quality.

He mentioned that the feat was achieved together with Bulk Distribution Companies and BP Trading, to deliver superior consumer experience with premium quality fuel and lubricants and an unmatched customer service.

“Our company worked with its supply chain partners to design a competitive value chain for Zen Low Sulphur Diesel, which will ultimately reduce downtime and overall cost of ownership for motor vehicle and equipment owners”, he added.

The Corporate Affairs Manager said the commercial sector was key to the operations of the company adding, “this is a sector where high technology engines are mostly used, requiring the best in fuel quality and that is why we spend quality resources working with suppliers and deploying systems to ensure that only the cleanest quality diesel is supplied to its consumers.”

Mr. De-Heer also lauded the move by the NPA to introduce Low Sulphur Diesel into the country to improve air quality and health of citizens adding that Children and the elderly are most at risk when it comes to breathing related health problems as a result of high sulphur emission into the air.

He said, currently most vehicles with advanced emissions control devices perform poorly when run on the high sulphur diesel available. This has even forced some vehicle franchisees to avoid introducing such high technology vehicles in Ghana adding that, Ghana will be the winner with the move to Low Sulphur Diesel by the NPA.

The Corporate Affairs Manager mentioned that the company would continue to provide the best value in fuels and lubricants to extend engine life, reduced ventilation cost in underground mines, improved fuel economy, air quality, health and improved lubricants performance.

Meanwhile, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), directed that effective July 1, 2017, petrol and diesel imported into the country must have a maximum sulpur content level of 50 Parts Per Million (ppm).

In October last year, the NPA revised the national sulphur specification for diesel from maximum 3000 parts per million (ppm) to 500 ppm.

According to the NPA, whilst the revised national specification will be at 500ppm, suppliers of fuel could import ultra-low-sulphur-diesels (ULSD) to Ghana as pertains in Europe.

The directive followed recent concerns over the harmful effects of substandard diesel which contained excessive sulphur contents than is permitted in Europe and other countries across the globe.

Health studies show that exposure to diesel exhaust especially that of toxic diesel, primarily affects the respiratory system and worsens asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and lung function, increase the risk of heart problems, premature death, and lung cancer.

Source: GNA