The Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), a wholly-owned Dubai government enterprise, yesterday said it has introduced lower sulphur diesel at Enoc/Eppco service stations across Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, conforming to a directive from the UAE government to safeguard the environment.
“The sulphur content in the newly introduced greener diesel has 500 parts per million (0.05 per cent) sulphur content ,down from 2,500 PPM (0.25 per cent) content in the previous diesel,” Enoc said in a statement.
“Enoc is delighted to support the Government of UAE in an initiative for a greener environment. This new move reflects our ongoing commitment to making a positive contribution to curbing pollution and ensuring a cleaner atmosphere,” the statement quoted Enoc Group chief executive Hussain Sultan as saying.
An Enoc spokesman told Gulf News that the greener diesel would be sourced from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India.
“We will have different sources to buy diesel from, but the specifications would remain the same,” said the spokesman.
When asked if the introduction of lower sulphur diesel would have any impact on the prevailing diesel prices in the UAE, the Enoc spokesman said: “The price will follow the international market trends.”
The new diesel offers a cleaner alternative as it is less polluting to the environment because of its lower sulphur content and generates much lower amounts of particulates and NO2, which are well known causes linked to asthma and cancer.
In the UAE, the sulphur content in gas oil has been rapidly coming down from 5,000 parts per million to 2,500 ppm to 500 ppm now, due to initiatives by the oil marketing companies to adhere to globally acceptable vehicular emission norms.
Established in 1993, Enoc aims to promote the interests of its shareholders through the development of further downstream and upstream activities in the oil and gas sector and beyond and to encourage the economic diversification of Dubai and the rest of the UAE.