August 2006

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HPIn Europe: Where now for Europe's cleanest-burning diesel?

Now that there are large quantities of sulfur-free diesel on the European market, how much sense does it make that Sweden continues to insist on its own gold-plated environmental distillate quality wi..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Now that there are large quantities of sulfur-free diesel on the European market, how much sense does it make that Sweden continues to insist on its own gold-plated environmental distillate quality with a maximum 5% aromatics? Not much, says Norwegian oil company Statoil, which makes so-called Swedish MK1 (Environment Class 1) diesel at its Kalundborg refinery in Denmark. The company has been looking at how to address the growth in diesel demand in Sweden and has responded by launching a lobbying operation to sideline the world's cleanest burning, molecularly exclusive diesel fuel. One refiner's perspective. Statoil says that swift market growth has been responsible for MK1 product shortag

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