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Environmental legislation moves on all the time. The EU Directive 2009/30/EC set new standards for red diesel used in non-road mobile machinery, and came into effect on the 1st January 2011.
The sulphur levels in the fuel have been cut by 99% to prevent damage to the emission control systems on the new Stage IIIb engines. Whilst the lower cetane value of gas oil reduces the combustability of the fuel, the reduction in sulphur has a direct effect on the lubricity of the fuel with regard to the lubrication of injector pumps.
The amount of biodiesel that may now be blended into the fuel is 7% (B7), an increase from 5% (B5). Biodiesel fuel will reduce environmental effects. But, there is strong evidence that biodiesel impacts on engine performance and durability.
All the above can lead to performance problems, higher maintenance costs and even reduced engine life. Once bacteria is present in a system it is difficult to remove.
At Millers Oils we have developed fuel treatments to reduce costs, protect engines and gain maximum performance from biodiesel fuels.
Millers Oils sampling and analysis service can help identify and control these problems.