Petronas provides Euro 5 diesel quietlyPOSTED BY Oon Ee Seng ON 17 April 2015
Two Petronas stations in Johor Baru and Gelang Patah have been supplying the fuel a few months ago
Story and pictures by SHAHRIM TAMRIN
PETRONAS has been working under the radar in providing Euro 5 diesel amidst the announcement by the national petroleum company’s chief executive officer, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, two days ago to supply Euro 4 RON97 petrol nationwide in September.
Unknown to many, two Petronas stations at the Pasir Gudang highway and in Gelang Patah have been supplying Euro 5 diesel since last month and late December respectively.
We paid a visit recently to a Petronas station in Gelang Patah located on the Second Link en route to the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine checkpoint to Singapore and the station has been offering the higher grade diesel since Christmas eve.
Station operator Anidah Mat Layis said groundwork to supply the new fuel grade was completed in the third week of December.
“We are proud and happy to be the first Petronas station operator in the country to offer Euro 5 diesel, especially for Singapore-bound motorists,” said Anidah.
However, she said, the response for the Euro 5 diesel was poor even though the price was RM1.90 per litre when it was launched.
“Perhaps there was no promotional and media campaign since it was launched. But since February, the sales for Euro 5 has been picking up quite steadily,” she said.
The current Euro 5 diesel price is RM2.05 per litre, a 10 sen increase from the price of the current Euro 2M diesel available across the country.
Currently, at least 10 BHP stations are offering Euro 5 diesel across the Johor and Iskandar region.
Last January, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohammed announced that Euro 5 will make its presence in Klang Valley by the third quarter of the year and nationwide coverage by 2020.
It was reported last month that Shell and BHP have informed the government that both were ready to provide the clean fuel as early as June.
Diesel, which is about 30 per cent more efficient compared with petrol, is thriving in Europe where fuel is taxed. Carmakers in that continent consequently have focused their engine range on diesels.
The availability of clean diesel, including Euro 4M, would open a new playing field for renowned European car makers.
However, the only availability of Euro 2M diesel, which contains 500ppm of sulphur compared with Euro 5 diesel’s much lower sulphur content of 10ppm, in Malaysia so far has blocked Volkswagen’s and Peugeot’s larger penetration of the passenger car market.