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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Petron is Future-Proofing Its Fuels


Petron is future-proofing both its gasoline and diesel fuels in light of powertrain technology advancements. 

At their Petron Tech Talk 2020, the Philippines’s largest oil company says their fuels don’t just meet Philippine National Standards (PNS), but exceed them as well.

Currently, the Philippine National Standards or PNS dictates specific requirements for the three kinds of pump gasoline available: Regular, Premium, and Premium Plus. While the most notable difference is the Research Octane Number or RON, they also vary in terms in other factors as well.

Regardless, Petron’s full range of gasoline—Xtra Advance, XCS, and Blaze100 all exceed PNS standards. For one, it halves the maximum benzene found in its fuels. The PNS standard is set at 2 percent, while Petron’s fuels are capped at just 1 percent. Benzene is a chemical linked to cancer.

Another thing is that Petron doesn’t use manganese or iron as octane boosters, even if the presence of these heavy metals isn’t indicated in the local standards. Manganese and iron, when used to boost octane is known to destroy or hamper catalytic converters.

When it comes to diesel fuel, the current PNS standard requires a minimum cetane number of 50 (the diesel equivalent of octane). Petron Turbo Diesel has the highest cetane rating in the country at 60.

The current crop of Petrol fuels also contains fuel additives specially designed for gasoline direct injection or GDI engines. 

With 40 percent of new cars sold in the market expected to feature GDI technology by 2030, Petron fuels now contain Innospec’s Dynamico fuel additive. 

Innospec, Petron’s additives supplier says Dynamico doesn’t just prevent carbon deposits, but cleans up existing deposits as well. During laboratory tests, they’ve found that engines running fuel containing this additive (no need for a pre- or post-refueling tank treatment), can “recover” it in as little as one hour. This preserves engine power, and improves economy by up to 5 percent.

The same can be said about Petron’s diesel fuel which is enhanced with Innospec’s Powerguard diesel additive.

As engines become increasingly complex and more sophisticated, Petron is ready to heed the call to engineer and market fuels which are just as advanced.

1 comment:

  1. How would fuel even help with Direct Injection engines when it can't even reach the back of the intake valves? They can put as much additives as they want, it wouldn't solve the inherent DI issue with intake valves.

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