API: US refiners spent $8 billion to provide ULSD

10/23/2006
US refiners spent $8 billion, and pipelines and terminal operators spent hundreds of millions more to bring ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) to market, an official of the American Petroleum Institute said at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.As of Oct. 15, the sulfur content of 80% of highway diesel sold in the US could not exceed 15 ppm, compared with 500 ppm previously. All but the smallest refiners had to start making ULSD in June. Some of them are processing to well below the specified level to offset contamination by residual sulfur in distribution systems.Alfonse Mannato, fuels issues manager in API’s downstream department, reported the spending estimates and sai...
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