October 2018

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Africa: New maritime emissions rules to impact Africa’s downstream sector

As the 2020 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the implementation of low-carbon shipping regulations inches closer, African refineries are still grappling with the question of how to finance the upgrading of oil processing plants to enable them to produce the required low-sulfur marine fuels and reduce reliance on noncompliant import fuels for powering the region’s shipping industry.

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

As the 2020 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the implementation of low-carbon shipping regulations inches closer, African refineries are still grappling with the question of how to finance the upgrading of oil processing plants to enable them to produce the required low-sulfur marine fuels and reduce reliance on noncompliant import fuels for powering the region’s shipping industry. MARPOL requirements for fuels and vessels. A large share of the marine fuels in the African market is imported from other countries, such as those in the Middle East Gulf. Middle East refineries are often complex, with the capacity to produce low-sulfur middle distillate fuels t

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