Euro-II Compliant Fuel To Be Available In Pakistan By Mid-2016

Every single oil refinery in Pakistan excluding Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (Parco) has collectively invested over US $ 500 Million (PKR 52 Billion) to produce fuel that is compliant to Euro-II specifications. Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) has already commissioned its isomerisation unit and other refineries are close to completion of their projects. They are expected to start production of Euro-II 87 RON (Research Octane Number) fuel by third quarter of 2016. Though there are those who express doubts about this projects such as Ilyas Fazil, the chief of Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) as he stated his concern while talking to Dawn:

“Production of higher RON PMG (Premier Motor Gasoline) with the refineries’ existing configurations (geared for 87 RON) is not a technically or financially viable option.”

Despite this fact, the refineries have said that they are willing to produce a higher RON fuel. Ilyas Fazil however, said that to produce a 92 spec RON fuel, the companies would have to invest millions of dollars and a minimum of 36 months of their time.

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Prices for 92 RON and 87 RON differ between Rs2.5 to Rs3 per liter and 95 RON and 87 RON have a difference of Rs4 to Rs6 per liter, based on international rates. Car manufacturers in Pakistan recommend the use of fuel rated between 87-89 RON for their cars while motorcycles have a technical requirement for 87 RON.

Only time will tell how this project for producing Higher RON fuel will pan out for the companies invested in this endeavor.

  • Faisal Iqbal

    Euro II is emission standard, which dictates lowering of Nitrogen, Tar and Sulpher content, Octane content has nothing to do with it (in-fact we have HOBC with RON 93 available for years)

    Our Diesel has one of highest Sulpher content in the world of around 5000 to 7000 ppm (parts per million), which under the Euro II should be lowered to 500 ppm, that is what is required for newer generation of Diesel engines.

  • twister286

    RON87 fuel is ancient by any specs. The minimum RON spec for most engines in developed countries is now 91…High compression direct-injection engines such as those in the Honda Accord JDM/Euro and Mazda6 need RON95 at a minimum, same with most turbo-charged cars (even the 1800cc turbocharged VWs take minimum of RON91).

    Pakistan is still in the stone age when it comes to fuel quality.

  • Farjeel

    Please do your research first. PARCO is Pakistan`s only Refinery producing EURO II spec petroleum products.

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