Last March, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that oil companies as well as the automotive industry should follow the Euro 4 standard starting July 1, 2015 in order to address the nation's pollution problem.
However, Pilipinas Shell have revealed that they will not be able to comply with the July target "suggested" by the DENR stressing that their facility upgrade timelines have been set based on the January 1, 2016 timeline as mandated by the Philippine Clean Air Act.
Pilipinas Shell Country Chairman Edgar Chua said that they are ready to comply with Euro 4 fuel standard.
Chua told Autoindustriya.com that Shell PH is on schedule to meet the target implementation date of Euro 4 on January 1, 2016.
Chua clarified that upgrading to Euro 4 standard involves a lot of process and would take time. He also added that Shell PH has met with officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the oil company "strongly recommend" the agency to stick to the "original" timeline which is on January 1, 2016.
Euro 4 standard requires 50 parts per million (PPM) of sulfur content on both gas and diesel engines as compared to 500 PPM in Euro 2.
Among the local petroleum industry players, only Petron and Shell have local refining facilities which require upgrading. The rest, including "big 3" member Caltex import their fuel as a finished product.