Fuel Wallet GaugeGood news for diesel owners! This goes out especially to those who took the leap of faith and purchased cars with advanced diesel engines like the BMW 530d and the Mercedes-Benz E270 CDI, and also highly tuned truck diesel engines such as the 2.5 litre in the new Nissan Navara.

We are finally going to get a decent level of diesel quality in Malaysia! It’s not Euro 4M or anything like that, but it’s still an improvement over the current standards.

Diesel Quality

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said Euro 2 diesel will be offered at all refueling stations in Malaysia in 2009. Sulphur content will be reduced from the current 3000ppm standard to a new standard of a maximum of 500ppm. He added that the Ministry is also proposing to oil companies to set the prices of lubricants according to world crude oil prices. This will be discussed next year.

It has not been decided yet whether this new Euro 2 diesel will be priced higher than the current price of diesel (RM1.70 per litre at publishing time), but Datuk shahrir says the difference would not be much especially during these period of low crude oil prices, so now is the right time to make this change.

Diesel Quality in Malaysia

This blog carried a story early last year quoting a presentation by Harlina Firdaus Marzuki and Fazil Mat Isa of Petronas Research & Scientific Services. At that moment of time there were 6 retailers of diesel fuel in Malaysia.

According to their research, 5 out of 6 of the diesel retailers in Malaysia already sell diesel that complies to Euro 2 levels of sulphur, although some other specifications fail Euro 2 standards, thus making these fuels not exactly qualified to be called Euro 2. Sulphur levels range between 500ppm to as low as 200ppm, but only one retailer was selling diesel with high sulphur content – 2800ppm!

The same research paper (you can read it via the link below) also revealed the properties of RON97 petrol retailed by the different brands in Malaysia. Who says all fuel are the same?

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