Australia tightens gasoline specs

Australia will phase out leaded gasoline in the next 18 months; it will no longer be available after Jan. 1, 2002.The plans have the support of Australia's four refiners-Royal Dutch/ Shell, Caltex, BP Amoco PLC, and Mobil Corp., who will continue to produce a replacement gasoline that uses an alternative engine protection substance to cater to all pre-1986 vehicles that cannot use unleaded fuel. Since 1986 in Australia, all new cars have had to be capable of using unleaded fuel. Further, all gasoline and diesel made in Australia must meet a 50 ppm sulfur content standard by 2006 vs. the current 500 ppm. Estimates are that the new standards could cost Australian refiners $1.3 billion (...

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