Sinopec supplies Beijing with cleaner fuel

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China's largest state refiner Sinopec Corp. has taken the lead in supplying Beijing with a new, lower-emission grade of petrol, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

Beijing will be the first city in China to use Sinopec's new diesel, dubbed "Beijing VI," which gives off lower-emissions and is more environmental-friendly than the old one called "National V."

Sinopec announced Friday that it plans to feed all of its 562 petrol stations in Beijing with the new fuel between Friday and mid-February.

Under the "Beijing VI" standard, the particulate emission of gasoline vehicles will be reduced by 10 percent, and non-methane organic gas and nitrogen oxide will be cut by 8 to 12 percent, according to the statistics provided by the city's environmental protection department.

All identification signs such as gas stations brands and light boxes have been changed, and more than 40 oil tanks at five depots have been replaced.

Three refineries -- Cangzhou, Yanshan and Qilu -- will be the major producers of "Beijing VI," among which the Yanshan plant will provide 75% of all the petrol required for Sinopec's filling stations in Beijing.

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