New diesel-sulfur specs will test US pipeline system

Oil pipelines may have difficulty adjusting operations to the 15-ppm sulfur rule for ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), based on tests conducted on two US product pipelines and reported on at a workshop on the subject in Houston last month.The US Environmental Protection Agency conducted the 2-day workshop, which was jointly sponsored by several industry associations.Wesley Neff, retired from but on consultancy for Marathon Ashland Pipe Line LLC, related details and results of one of four tests conducted on the MAPL system in 2001. Marathon Ashland Pipe Line LLC's Garyville, La., refinery produced 90,000 bbl of ultralow-sulfur diesel and moved more than 73,000 bbl of it over a 70-mile p...

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