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China launches cleaner gasoline standards

BEIJING: China has launched its national "V" standard for gasoline which will become a national mandate from Jan 2018, the government said, as it moves to clean up smoggy air in the world's largest auto market and the second largest oil consumer. 

"The roll-out of the standard will help upgrade China's gasoline quality and reduce pollutants from vehicles," the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website (www.aqsiq.gov.cn). 

The new national V standard, similar to Euro V, will require gasoline to have a sulphur content of no more than 10 parts per million (ppm), down from 50 ppm in the national IV standard, the administration said. 

China is moving to the national IV standard, similar to the Euro IV standard for gasoline nation-wide from next month, though about a dozen cities have already started using the cleaner grade V, supplied by top refiner Sinopec Corp. 

The new specifications of national V also require content of manganese — another health hazard — to be cut to 0.002 gram per litre from 0.008 gram, it said. 

After the new standards take effect from Jan. 1, 2018, emission from existing vehicles could be reduced by 10 to 15%, while emission of nitrogen oxide from new vehicles is expected to be cut by a quarter and emission of particulates by 80%, it added. 

China is now implementing the national III standard for gasoline — with sulphur content capped at 150 ppm — across the country. The national IV standard for gasoline will become compulsory nationwide from the start of 2014, the government has said. 

Worsening 
air pollution has prompted Beijing to speed up a timetable for oil companies to roll out cleaner fuel standards, a move that will require refiners to pump in billions of dollars to upgrade facilities. 

Sinopec has supplied gasoline of quality similar to Euro V standards to Beijing since May 2012, and to Shanghai and eight cities in the booming eastern province of Jiangsu from November, the company has said. 

Its Jinling refinery in Jiangsu is now China's largest producer of Euro V gasoline, Sinopec has said. 

The Times of India (19-12-2013)