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The oil treatment facility limit could become old inside two years, an industry body cautioned on Monday, as it hopes to broaden the circumstance of new government rules intended to lessen sulfur emanations from 2023 to a later date. 

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), which addresses significant oil organizations, including BP and Shell that work nearby treatment facilities, has been in conversation with the public authority for quite a long time attempting to determine a hindrance over financing the redesign of six processing plants to cleaner powers. 

In January, SAPIA cautioned that the effect of Covid-19 implied it was impossible oil firms in SA would update treatment facilities at an expected expense of $3.9 billion, except if the public authority permitted them to give the expenses for shoppers or offered a type of monetary help. 

The public authority gazetted new Petroleum Products Specifications and Standards in August that command the utilization of super low sulfur petroleum and diesel items from Sept. 1, 2023. 

"SAPIA is of the view that the extremely brief period of time accommodated execution is difficult to meet and will probably deliver the processing plant armada out of date inside two years," the business body said in an assertion. 

SAPIA said it was in conversations with the Department of Energy to correct the guidelines so that a "satisfactory together" execution date could be concurred, with a monetary help system key. 


"Without a monetary help component, it is hard to legitimize the treatment facilities' update," said SAPIA. 

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