DAILY NEWS Reporter - Tanzania, 27th September 2010
THE government through the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) will phase out from the local market high sulphur content diesel effective from January 1 next year.
A statement issued on Monday by the authority's Director General, Mr Haruna Masebu noted that the move aimed at protecting human health and environment.
"For quite some time, diesel that had been extensively sold in the local market consisted of higher, than was internationally accepted, sulphur content (5000ppm). This product has been phased out in many countries in the best interest of human health and safety, as well as to protect the environment," reads part of the statement.
The Petroleum Act of 2008 empowers the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to regulate, among other things, the provision of quality petroleum products in the country.
Mr Masebu noted that his authority in collaboration with other stakeholders had finalised a review of technical specifications for Automotive Gas-oil from 5000ppm to 500ppm sulphur content as a National and International Standard.
EWURA, by the power granted by the Petroleum Act of 2008, in consultation with other stakeholders, including the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, and the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) are allowed to make such a review.
"As the result of such a review and in accordance with Section 4(d) of Petroleum Act, 2008; EWURA hereby gives an Order to all petroleum products importers, marketers and the public that effective 1 January, 2011, all diesel imported and sold in Tanzania shall be of sulphur content 500ppm.
The adaptation is in line with the prevailing standards in many parts of the world and in order to lower particulate emissions which affect respiration and to improve exhaust performance of catalytic converters which reduce harmful gas emissions," stated the Director General.
According To Mr Masebu, the Order is in line with a Government Notice Number 225 dated 18 June, 2010 which bans 5000ppm for domestic consumption and selling diesel of 5000ppm sulphur will be an offence effective 1 January, 2011.