Zimbabwe stops importation of diesel 500

Zimbabwe stops importation of diesel 500
Published: 28 November 2017
Zimbabwe stopped the importation of diesel 500 from November 1, 2017, and is hoping to fully embrace D50 by March 2018.

Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera chief executive officer Engineer Gloria Magombo, said that the country has adequate local reserves that can last till the March 2018 deadline.

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority says it will clear all stocks of Diesel 500 by March next year as the country targets to switch to marking 100 percent use of Diesel 50 in Zimbabwe. By introducing D50, Government wants to reduce carbon emissions and cater for modern vehicles.

D50 has lower sulphur content, with the chemical element occurring at 50 parts per million (ppm).

Experts believe reducing sulphur generally increases vehicle lifespan, and curtails release of dangerous gases into the atmosphere. Sulphur is a combustible non-metal chemical that occurs naturally in crude oil.

Zera acting chief executive, Engineer Misheck Siyakatshana, said that Zera is promoting the use of D50, which is compatible with emission-reducing devices, which are installed in the latest vehicle models.
- The Herald
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