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The country’s state-run oil refinery, Petrojam, will be supplying low-sulphur diesel fuel to the public later this year.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the move comes as Government continues to take steps to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle exhausts on the environment.

“I am very much aware of the problem with sulphur content in diesel and I have mandated Petrojam, to start importing clean diesel by the middle of this year, so we can stop having those ill effects of our SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) and diesel driven vehicles,” he stated.

Minister Paulwell was speaking on Tuesday, February 19, at a Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) breakfast forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston.

Low-sulphur diesel has reduced sulphur content, providing for cleaner and more refined fuel.

Vehicles that use diesel with high sulphur content require more frequent oil change and regular servicing to maintain optimal efficiency.