Cleaner Fuel quality standards adopted in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new decision on fuel quality has been developed and disseminated to various stakeholders. The Council of Ministers is expected to adopt the revised standards by end of March, setting fuel quality at a “Euro 5” standard. However, a transitional period is granted to the Refinery in Brod, requiring “Euro 4” or 50 ppm fuel quality for both petrol and diesel to be reached by the end of 2012, with the content of aromatics to be at “Euro 5” levels by the end of 2013. After the adoption of the Decision the import of fuel with the quality lower than Euro 5 will be prohibited. According to sources in-country and project coordinator Ana Petrovska of the REC country office on FYR Macedonia, leaded petrol has not been marketed in the country since March 2010 in line with industry standards and a gradual phase-out of TEL stocks.
In Serbia, the content of lead in petrol produced by the operating national refinery has been reduced by 0.13 mg/l, reaching the unleaded petrol level defined by the WHO. There are still some stocks of leaded petrol to be spent by March 2011. A new rulebook on fuel quality is under development, while negotiations with the refinery on upgrades are underway. The revised standard is expected to raise the fuel quality to full “Euro 4” and to be adopted by Spring 2011.