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Cost Of Refining To Increase As Nigeria Moves To Eliminate Toxic Fuel



Nigeria and some other African nations may soon begin to pay more for better fuel quality as their efforts to curb the inflow of harmful, dirty fuels being imported from Europe have reached advanced stage.

The efforts, in the long-run, will reduce environmental pollution on the continent.

Nigeria is said to be making serious efforts to take the lead in actualising the move for the reduction of sulphur content in fuels.

It was learnt that the country’s proposals, although not yet finalised, would cut the sulphur level in imports from 1,000 to 150ppm in gasoline and from 5,000 to 500ppm in diesel. This, however, would require more refining at extra cost.

Last year, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast decided to raise their fuel quality standards because of the high sulphur content in the fuels being imported into the countries from Europe.

LEADERSHIP gathered over the weekend that some countries, under the auspices of African Petroleum Producers’ Association (APPA), met last week in Morocco to discuss the modalities for rejecting fuels with high sulphur content as they have been constituting environment hazards for millions of their citizens.

Leadership, February 6, 2017

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  1. Abdullah Musa

    February 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Sulphur my foot!
    When did a Nigerian government start caring about people’s wellbeing?
    Sulphur has just provided the needed alibi to defraud people through price increases.
    Nigerian elites will never change their ostentatious lifestyles, and it is the poor that must finance it.

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