China Moves To Higher Diesel, Gasoline Standards In New Year

China said on Wednesday it is ready to sell gasoline and diesel manufactured to higher quality standards to help cut air pollution starting as planned in the New Year.

In the buildup to the tougher standards, China’s refineries have upgraded units to make refined products equivalent to Euro V specifications that allow a maximum sulfur content of 10 parts per million (ppm), the government said.

Industry watchers speculated that China may need to initially import some supplies of the higher quality fuel grades, though the government did not mention any shortfall for the domestic market and expect the roll out to go national.