Petroleum Institute says ULSD conversion already happening

| 9/15/2006

Many truckers are concerned about the conversion to ultra-low sulfur diesel, with questions rising about its cost, how much power it produces and how it will do come winter time.

But according to a group that represents diesel fuel producers, the official conversion to ULSD on Oct. 15 won’t be a big deal.

Al Mannato, a spokesperson for the American Petroleum Institute, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that 85 percent of the diesel sold since Sept. 1 has been ULSD. In other words, Mannato said, you’ve probably already had it in your tanks for several weeks at least.

And, Mannato said, current supplies of ULSD are good.

“The production of ULSD is at very strong levels,” Mannato said. “The refiners are producing 2.6 million barrels per day for the week ending last Friday. If you look at the highway pool, that is somewhere between 85 and 90 percent of the highway pool.”

Even after the official Oct. 15 conversion to ULSD, trucks that were built in 2006 or earlier can still use regular diesel, if it’s available. But, as of Dec. 1, 2010 ULSD will be the only highway-use diesel fuel sold.