If you’re looking to understand different type of fuels for your vessels, you’ve come to the right place.
Fuels are an integral part of our everyday life. Powering generators, trucks, buses and salon cars to solvents for chemical ingredients.
There are so many types of fuels that many will be confused by the industrial and common names, not to mentioned the specifications. We are based in Singapore, so we shall explain more on the fuels available from major refineries based in Singapore.
Petrol / Gasoline is the most common fuel that most of us know. It’s used as a fuel for petrol salon car, petrol electrical generator, motorcycle, grass cutter and so on. The flashpoint is lower and easily ignited, so extreme caution must be taken when handling petrol/gasoline/gas.
Petrol / Gasoline is classified by the RON numeric value. In Singapore petrol/gas RON range from 92, 95 and 98. This RON number simply explained will be the combustibility of petrol/gasoline. Higher the RON number, the better the combustion and more ‘power’ you’ll feel when you drive your petrol/gasoline saloon car or motorcycle.
Diesel has so many industrial and common names to go by. It’s no wonder many people are so confused. Diesel is commonly used for powering of diesel vehicles, diesel generator, solvents for chemicals, etc.
New emission control regulation (visit www.nea.gov.sg for more information) controls the sulphur content of diesel which directly controls the emission of sulphur oxides gases into the atmosphere. As of 2014, the only 10ppm Near Sulphur Free Diesel is available from major refineries in Singapore for land use (diesel vehicle, generator, etc.). 10ppm means that there are only 10 sulphur particles in 1 million particles in the diesel. Therefore, 50ppm sulphur diesel has 5 times more sulphur content than 10ppm diesel. Other names that the diesel is known by are common names or loosely used industrial terms.
Kerosene is classified into 2 types: (1) Jet Fuel, (2) Industrial Use Kerosene.
(1) Jet Fuel Kerosene, as the name suggests is fuel for the aeroplane. It’s very pure and contains anti-freeze to prevent the kerosene from freezing up in high altitudes.
(2) Industrial Use Kerosene, it’s meant for solvents for chemicals and other industrial use. But don’t ever use this as jet fuel.
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