July 19, 2019

50 PPM Sulfur Diesel Dominates in 15 Countries with Two or More Diesel Market Grades

Stratas Advisors

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Stratas Advisors is pleased to present current diesel market share by sulfur in select countries including historical data dating as far back as 2010. Sulfur continues to be the most key parameter of focus for diesel fuel, with sulfur limits ranging from 10 ppm to 10,000 ppm for on-road diesel grades, and from 10 ppm to 30,000 ppm for off-road diesel grades. The full report does not include analysis for sulfur limits in heating oils.

Stratas Advisors observes that across the regions of the world, sulfur is harmonized in on-road and off-road diesel in the regions of Europe, North America and most parts of the Middle East. A total of 53 countries have two or more diesel grades on their markets (including off-road grades) in this year’s report, same as last year’s report (see Insights, May 31, 2018). Among the emerging regions, Africa has the highest number of countries (16) with two or more diesel grades on their markets, followed by Asia Pacific (12), Latin America (11), Middle East (8) and CIS (6) (see map below). Lower sulfur diesel can often be found in countries with mandates to supply the grade in metropolitan cities to address air pollution issues (e.g. Iran, Mexico, Peru), or voluntarily supplied by oil companies in major cities or at select stations for use by more advanced diesel passenger cars and vehicles (e.g. Malaysia, Qatar, South Africa).

In summary, Stratas Advisors observes that 50 ppm dominates the diesel pool in the following 15 countries with two or more diesel grades on their market:

  • Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania
  • Asia Pacific: India, Philippines, Thailand
  • Latin America: Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
  • Russia & CIS: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

In addition, 10 ppm dominates the diesel pool in the following two countries with two or more diesel grades on their market:

  • Europe: Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Middle East: Bahrain

Countries with Single or Multiple Diesel Sulfur Market Grades

Countries with Single or Multiple Diesel Sulfur Market Grades

Source: Stratas Advisors, July 2019

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