Petron rolls out country's first Euro 6 fuel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 29) — Petron Corporation rolled out Tuesday what could be considered as the cleanest fuel ever sold in the country: Blaze 100 Euro 6.

With less than three parts per million (ppm) of sulphur and 0.1 percent of benzene, the all-new fuel easily complies with the Euro 6 standard, which was introduced in September 2015 as the latest and most stringent emissions regulation in the European Union (EU).

 

It mandates that all fuels sold in the EU should have less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur, which is a chemical component in all fuels that becomes the very harmful sulphuric acid when combined with water vapor in the combustion (or "bang") stage in engines.

Sustained sulphuric-acid emissions contribute to air pollution and acid rain.

In addition, the Euro 6 standard only allows for a maximum of 1 percent of benzene, which is found in everything from fuels to ink, but can affect the blood through long-term exposure (often from breathing it in).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources mandated that all fuels in the Philippines to comply with the Euro 4 standard by January 2016. This standard allows for fuels with a maximum of 50 ppm of sulphur and up to 1 percent of benzene for unleaded gasoline.

This replaced the Euro 2 standard mandated by Republic Act 8749 or the "Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999," which imposed a maximum of 500 ppm of sulphur and up to 5 percent of benzene.

Proven performance

Aside from better emissions, Petron Research and Development Head Ronald Chiong said Blaze 100 Euro 6 also improves fuel efficiency, delivers powerful engine performance and acceleration, and ensures engine cleanliness.

Chiong added that the new fuel helps reduce maintenance costs by prolonging the life of the catalytic converter, a device that makes vehicle exhaust gases less toxic.

Blaze 100 Euro 6 was likewise tested and certified by major global laboratories and engine-rating experts, namely SGS and Millbrook Proving Ground in the United Kingdom and ISP The Testing Institute in Germany.

Chiong said random samples of Blaze 100 Euro 6 tested by SGS met Euro 6 standards.

He added that ISP tested Blaze 100 Euro 6 on a gasoline direct injection engine and found that it did not leave carbon deposits, which make engines work less efficiently.

The product also underwent an intake valve deposit test at Millbrook using the more-common port fuel injection engine. The group found that it cleaned over 70 percent of engine deposits in 60 hours.

"Based on the test results, definitely it's the most advanced and the most energy efficient and (has) the cleanest emission coming from a fuel gasoline," said Chiong.

CNN Philippines' Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.