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[Issue 1 2012]

East Africa meets to discuss Low Sulphur Fuels

The Petroleum Institute of East Africa with the support of the PCFV coordinated a sub-regional workshop for the Eastern Africa region to discuss the implementation of low sulphur fuels. The workshop was held on 25 and 26 September 2012 at the Six-Eighty Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Four countries participated in the workshop namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The East African Community (EAC) - comprising of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi - is in the process of adopting harmonised low sulphur standards for petrol and diesel fuels.

These standards advocate for 50 ppm sulphur in diesel fuels and 150 ppm in petrol, with the proposed implementation date as January 2015. The draft standards have already been approved by East African Standards Committee and are awaiting the approval of the Council of Ministers. The main aim of the workshop was to bring together member countries of the EAC to promote the adoption of the standards by the Council of Ministers and to sensitise stakeholders from the region, including Ethiopia on the environmental and health benefits of low sulphur fuels. Low sulphur fuels are crucial as they complement national strategies to reduce vehicle emissions and support vehicle fuel economy policies and standards.

Below are the workshop proceedings: