END SEEN FOR HIGH SULFUR FUEL OIL IN EUROPE

Stricter environmental regulations are likely to rule out high sulfur heavy fuel oil in western Europe's inland markets by 2000. The outlook for bunker fuels is less certain, but the maximum sulfur content could be reduced to 1.5-2%, also by 2000, says a multi-client report by Chem Systems Ltd., London. The likelihood that environmental rules will become tougher during the rest of the decade presents a dilemma for refiners facing an import crude slate with an increase in average sulfur

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