RON95 Euro 4M compliance suspended pending discussions

By MARK RAO / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The deadline for oil products to comply to RON95 Euro 4M specifications is temporarily suspended, pending further discussions with stakeholders to fix a new deadline.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the Cabinet green-lighted the move in view of the ministry obtaining feedback from the relevant stakeholders regarding the implementation.

“We have renewed discussions with oil companies and refineries to resume a timeline for RON95 Euro 4M compliance in Malaysia,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“We cannot take too much time (to decide) because we are tied to international commitments which want us to use Euro 4M as a sign of our commitment towards protecting the environment.”

Saifuddin Nasution said the ministry will make the relevant announcement after the discussions are concluded.

Compliance to the RON95 Euro 4M standard was delayed from October 2018 to January 2020 by the ministry to allow petroleum companies time to make the necessary preparations. This was done to ensure adequate supply of the upgrade fuel without affecting the retail price to be paid by consumers.

The Euro 4M standard has a 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur content compared to the 500 ppm sulphur content in the current Euro 2M standard used for RON95 produced in the country, thus making the former more environmentally friendly.

Saifuddin Nasution spoke to reporters at the launch of Petronas Dagangan Bhd’s (PetDag) new PETRONAS Primax 95 with Pro-Drive fuel, which is available at the pump at all 1,053 Petronas stations nationwide.

The new fuel helps reduce engine friction by 20% via its dual friction modifier — the first of its kind in the market — and uses a double detergent to eliminate up to 99% carbon deposits for cleaner fuel consumption, according to PetDag.

Its MD and CEO Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said the new product is in response to feedback from consumers who asked for a smoother drive, responsive engine performance and cleaner engine with better fuel efficiency.

“We are adopting a customer-obsessed mindset in our transformation journey and there will be more innovative and value-added offerings awaiting customers from here forth,” he said at the ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said the company is looking at new formulations for its RON97 and diesel categories to see where improvements can be made.

“We need to go through a process just as we did for Primax 95 and carry out the proper testing. We will come to the market in the second half of 2019 or early next year with new offerings.”

PetDag is Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) listed domestic marketing arm and is currently the leading downstream oil and gas retailer and marketer in Malaysia.

Syed Zainal Abidin said the company is always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow its business and network, and is planning to introduce 15 additional Petronas stations this year to add to its current total of 1,053 stations.

“We are well-covered in the country — it is now about getting into a space where we can have high traffic volume.”

To encourage take up, PetDag is offering all customers a RM1 discount for any item purchased at Kedai Mesra, Petronas’ instation retail and convenience stores, on every RM30 purchase of the new Primax 95.