WINDHOEK, 30 APR – Diesel 500 parts per millions (ppm) will begin to phase out of the Namibian market as from 01 January 2019, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) announced on Monday.
MME Permanent Secretary Simeon Negumbo said in a media statement the decision was taken due to newer vehicle models now on the market.
He said this created a demand for low sulphur diesel or 10 ppm which would be introduced from 01 January 2019.
“The phasing in of low sulphur diesel is also in line with the Namibian government’s policy of cleaner fuels and global initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions,” Negumbo said.
He added that the low sulphur diesel would allow the introduction of advanced engine technology that requires low sulphur. However, not all retail sites would have the cleaner diesel at the beginning.
The implementation of the phase-out of Diesel 500 ppm and introduction of Diesel 10 ppm sulphur diesel in Namibia would be co-ordinated by the ministry, the statement added.
“The transparency of the campaign will be decisive of the success of the changes in the fuel grades, which means that Namibia will have two types of diesel and one type of petrol,” Negumbo said.