Technical Officer’s Report – APRIL 2012

PEIMF Council Meeting

Lofstedt Review

The review carried out by Professor Lofstedt has resulted in the publication of a report entitled ‘Reclaiming Health & Safety’. The report makes recommendations for changes to the petroleum legislation, a review of all the Approved Codes of Practice, and possible changes to the enforcement of the legislation.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has been commissioned to conduct the review and for this to conclude with all changes in place by June 2014.  HSE have appointed a new team not previously involved with petroleum, which is starting by engaging with Stakeholder groups etc.

Fuel Contamination

Incidents of phase separation continue and members are being encouraged to have a tank maintenance programme to avoid the risk, and provide evidence of good hygiene.  Regular checks for water should be recorded. Where retailers buy fuel from more than one source, it makes it extremely difficult to apportion blame and get compensation. The risk of phase separation will reduce as percentages of ethanol in petroleum increase.

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

LowCVP is undertaking a project to engage with Industry to introduce E10 into the UK market.  Further meetings will take place with Industry and Stakeholder groups. The project will consider the lessons learned from both the French and German E10 rollouts.  Details of the experience in France and Germany will be gathered. Germany appears to have achieved a 10-20% volume penetration for E10 at around 3cents / litre cheaper than standard E5.

The market is required to provide a ‘protection’ petrol grade at 5% Bioethanol (E5) until the end of 2013. This is described in the Motor Fuels (Composition and Content) Regulations as being the Super Unleaded grade currently sold at a premium over standard unleaded. In summary, the regulations state that all forecourts that sell over 3m litres per annum and who also sell super unleaded petrol should limit the ethanol of that super unleaded grade to contain no more than 5% ethanol.

Concerns within the Vehicle manufacturers are that forecourt pricing could lead to people using a fuel that their car was not designed to run on, leading to warranty issues and breakdowns. Will consumers hang on to their E5 cars for longer due to consumer uncertainty etc?

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