Tunisia becomes the second country in Africa to offer ultra low sulphur fuels
With the closure of the STIR refinery in October 2010, Tunisia has become the second country in Africa to exclusively market ultra low sulphur fuels nationally. The closure of the refinery, which used to produce high sulphur fuels, allows national adoption of ultra low sulphur fuels at the standard established in January 2009 for all imported fuels. These standards specify gasoil imports at a sulphur level of 50ppm and gasoline at 10ppm. There are plans to upgrade the refinery as well as build a new one. The PCFV has played a critical role. The PCFV has played a critical role in speeding up the move to cleaner fuels not only in Tunisia but in the sub-region by supporting several activities and events. In particular, a sub-regional workshop on the phase out of leaded gasoline and benefits of low sulphur fuels was supported by the PCFV in August 2008. This was followed by a national media campaign for cleaner fuels and a Sub-regional Workshop on Better Air Quality for the North Africa region in November 2009.