NPC confident on gasoline supply; concerned on diesel

US refiners should be able to make the mandated transition to lower-sulfur gasoline and heating oil by mid-2006 without significant problems, the National Petroleum Council's Committee on Refining and Inventory said. But the committee expressed concerns over the required phase-in of ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) in its report to US Sec. of Energy Spencer Abraham.The concerns center on possibly inaccurate ULSD testing procedures and product degradation in delivery systems downstream of refineries, NPC members were told during a presentation of the report's findings at a recent council meeting in Washington, DC.Inaccurate tests could result in diesel fuel that met required specifica...

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