Diesel is a popular fuel choice for industries across the spectrum, including the motor vehicle industry, mining and in agriculture. And, with recent technological advances and the ever-increasing awareness of climate change and carbon emissions, products like low
Regular diesel, or standard grade diesel, was the most commonly used diesel prior to low
As the adverse side effects of having a high
The creation of low
The Department of Minerals and Energy changed legislation regarding the refining and selling of diesel in South Africa in 2006, resulting in 500ppm and 50ppm diesel being the only available diesel for purchase at commercial pumps. The change was introduced around the same time as in the US, though diesel of this grade had already replaced high
Purchasing vehicles with diesel engines became a more viable option for motorists when the fuel underwent its reform, coming out the other side cleaner and posing less harm to your car. Although all diesel engine cars benefit from low sulphur diesel, new technology vehicles especially cannot use the older, standard grade diesel due to factors like its high sulphur content. The more refined diesel offered better lubrication, less wear and tear on the engine, greater fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs, whereas previously, those driving vehicles with diesel engines experienced extremely high repair costs when things went awry.
The other, perhaps more important, benefit of low sulphur diesel is the greatly decreased emission of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, which plays a major role in air pollution, city smog, and even acid rain. The latter in this list of very serious environmental impacts is by far the most scary, due to acid rain’s ability to contaminate entire bodies of drinkable water, pollute soil used for agriculture, and pose a threat to animals living in aquatic habitats such as lakes and rivers.
Larger vehicles, such as tractors and mining equipment, also began making use of the low sulphur diesel – for its wide variety of benefits, but also because of the improvements and technological advancements made to their engines – and industry leaders enjoy greater efficiency from their machinery at lower costs. This diesel also helps extend engine life, meaning machinery can operate better for longer – a huge benefit in high-cost industries such as mining or farming.
In line with industry standard, SA Oil stores, supplies and sells 50ppm diesel across South Africa, and to neighbouring countries, as well as to mines, agricultural areas and to manufacturing facilities of all sizes. We are also able to supply 10ppm diesel, serving those who require the ultra-low sulphur variant, to Southern Africa. Get in touch with us to find out more…