The Philippines’ Petron Corp. has started producing Euro IV-compliant gasoline at its refinery in Limay, Bataan. This product is now being sold at Petron retail outlets in Metro Manila and soon will be available nationwide, ahead of the 1 January 2016 government-mandated deadline.
The sulphur content of Euro IV-compliant gasoline is lower by a factor of 10, 50 parts per million (ppm), than the current Philippine standard of 500 ppm.
“This is six months ahead of the government mandate to make available Euro IV fuels by January 2016,” the company said.
Petron has four gasoline grades available: Blaze 100 Euro 4 (RON 100), XCS (RON 95), Xtra Advance (RON 93) and Super Xtra (RON 91). RON is the acronym for Research Octane Number. Octane rating or octane number is a standard measure of the performance of an engine or aviation fuel. The higher the RON, generally the better the fuel, although not all engines require a high RON.
Petron President and CEO Ramon Ang pointed out that the company’s Euro IV-compliant gasoline products are locally manufactured.
“The local production of various gasoline grades under this global fuel standard is another milestone in the oil industry. These products are proudly Philippine-made,” he said.
These product introductions were made possible through a USD 2 billion investment in upgrading its Limay refinery.