June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Petroleum Industries has focused its attention on introducing a cleaner diesel fuel to the local market, according to the Ministry sources.
The diesel sold in the local market at present contains 2,000 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur and the currently used super diesel has a sulphur content of 500 ppm.
The petroleum authority, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is now engaged in a process to systematically phase down the sulphur content in diesel in the local market to reduce vehicular emissions.
The Ministry is reportedly considering to import Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) diesel with a sulphur content of 10 ppm.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel containing a maximum of 15 ppm of sulfur.
The new diesel will be introduced to the market from next January and will be sold at the same price, the Petroleum Ministry said.