New Zealand’s fuel specifications are changing as follows:
- Introducing a total oxygen limit, which potentially allows a wider range of fuel blends;
- Increasing New Zealand’s limit for methanol in petrol from one to three per cent volume;
- Raising the biodiesel blend limit in diesel from five to seven per cent; and
- Reducing the sulphur level allowed in petrol from 50 to 10 parts per million.
These amendments will take effect from 2 October 2017, except for the change to the maximum sulphur level, which will come into effect on 1 July 2018.
More information is available on the Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment’s website on the 2016/17 updates to New Zealand’s engine fuel specifications.