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Higher quality petrol is just around the corner. Petronas will be rolling out Euro 4 petrol this September, company CEO and president Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin announced at Petronas Dagangan Berhad’s annual general meeting today. The new Euro 4M product has an octane rating of RON 97.

“We are preparing to roll out Euro 4M RON 97 nationwide in September this year,” Wan Zulkiflee told reporters after the AGM. He declined to comment when asked about the new product’s price.

In November last year, MITI said that oil companies can start selling Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuels in Malaysia earlier than the gazetted dates, which are Euro 4 RON 97 in September 2015, Euro 4 RON 95 in October 2018, Euro 5 diesel in September 2020, Euro 5 RON 95 and RON 97 in September 2025.

BHPetrol has already heeded the call by introducing Euro 5 diesel in limited areas late last year, but this move by a major player, and with petrol, is more significant; should there be a domino effect, Malaysian motorists and the environment will benefit.

Car companies and the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) umbrella body have long called for better quality fuel for them to be able to bring in the engines with the latest technology. The fuel currently sold in Malaysia is of Euro 2 standards.

It is understood that Petronas’ Pengerang facility that will produce Euro 4 gasoline is only set to be ready in a few years time, so is this a case of the company importing in stock? In any case, it’s good news.