April 06, 2009

Meeting To Focus On Lower Sulphur Fuels (Dar es Salaam)

The Dar Rapid Transit (Dart) is sensitising the public and decision makers on the environmental and health benefits of lower sulphur fuels.

A workshop will be held on April 15 in Dar es Salaam to that discuss the topic and also discuss how to generally tackle pollution.

“The project also aims at building consensus and commitment among stakeholders on adoption of cleaner fuels and vehicles policy,” Dart chief executive officer Cosmas Takule said yesterday.

He said the Dart buses to be procured next year for bus rapid transit (BRT) system would use a minimum of Euro III standard which will also run on either diesel or compressed natural gas.

It is said that Tanzania imports diesel with 5,000 ppm sulphur, 10 times more in sulphur than the diesel that is intended to be used by buses in BRT system which will be at minimum 500 ppm sulphur.

Mr Takule said the use of lower sulphur fuels would also enable efficient functioning of emission reduction technologies installed in Dart buses, improve engine life and lower maintenance costs.

“They will also help reduce vehicle gas emissions and greenhouse gases and improve public health,” he said.

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