SPECIAL REPORT: Transition to ULSD, ethanol goes smoothly for US refiners

During the last half of 2006, the initial transition to ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) and ethanol blending has gone smoothly for US refiners. The Oct. 15 deadline for 15-ppm (wt) sulfur ULSD at the retail outlet was ahead of schedule, which is further evidence that the transition is proceeding as planned.1The data indicate that more must be done to reach the 80% ULSD goal; the trend indicates that US refiners will attain this goal. The US Energy Information Administration tracks the volume of ULSD that is downgraded to 500-ppm (wt) sulfur diesel. Downgrades are showing a positive trend, falling to less than 1% after from a high of 20%. This indicates the industry is adapting to ULSD produ...

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