Refinery upgrade key to low sulphur fuel
A stalemate between the two shareholders of the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd has stalled the proposed upgrade of the facility. Kenya’s compliance with regional low sulphur rules will depend on the upgrade of the refineries. The harmonised low sulphur standards, which are waiting to be gazetted, were passed by the East African Community’s council of ministers in June 2013.
Refined product from the refineries contains as high as 5,000ppm in diesel, due to lack of modern technology to remove sulphur from crude oil. “The policy makers need to agree on which mechanism they need to employ to ensure total compliance with the standards.
Companies have a social and moral obligation to deliver clean fuel to the citizenry and they can only procure what enables them to comply with the standard. Otherwise they will be breaking the law,” said Wanjiku Manyara, executive director of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa .... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories