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Russian refinery to produce EU-compliant fuel

16th July 2012

Russian refinery will produce oil compliant with EU rules used to control nitrogen particulates and oxides

EU standards used to control fuel emissions from light vehicles are being acknowledged by Russian energy companies

Russian oil producer, TNK-BP, has upgraded its Ryazan refinery to produce gasoline that meets Euro-5 environmental standards.

The plant, which is half-owned by BP, is set to produce 104,000 metric tons of the 95-octane fuel in July and increase output to 125,000 tons in the coming months, it said in a statement.

Euro-5 standards were introduced by the EU in 2007 to regulate limits on pollutant emissions from light road vehicles, particularly for emissions of nitrogen particulates and oxides.

Ryazan is TNK-BP’s largest plant in Russia with a processing capacity of 341,000 barrels of crude a day, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Russia, which links taxes on motor fuels to its environmental impact, reduced the levy on low-sulfur Euro-5 gasoline to 5,143 rubles (USD 156.86) a tonne from 1 July from 6,822 rubles previously.

Euro-5 gasoline has a maximum sulphur content of 10 parts per million; the lower the sulfur content, the less pollution.

Russian oil giant Rosneft is also working on systematically implementing a large-scale plan for modernisation of its refineries to achieve greater refining depth and improve output qualities. The upgrades will lead to more efficient use of raw hydrocarbons, increased value-added on petroleum products and include compliance with Euro-4 and Euro-5 emission standards, says the company.

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