Shell to supply new diesel for 2004 Olympics

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  • Tuesday, 12 Aug 2003

By Jack Wong in Kuching

SHELL MDS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd will supply its ultra clean and made-only-in-Malaysia new diesel fuel for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. 

The new fuel, named Shell Diesel 2004, is produced based on the revolutionary Shell Gas to Liquids (GTL) technology, according to Shell MDS new managing director Idris Jala. 

Idris Jala

He said Shell GTL was a unique synthetic product derived from natural gas instead of crude oil. 

“It is a clear liquid, free of sulphur and has very high cetane number. It offers significantly lower vehicle emission of local pollutants, such as nitrogen oxide, particulates, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons than conventional diesel,” he said in a press statement. 

Idris said Shell Diesel 2004 had been officially launched by Shell Hellas S.A. – the Shell operating company in Greece and the official supporter of the Athens Olympics Games. 

The new fuel will initially be made available in selected Shell service stations mainly in the Athens region. Greece will be the first country in Europe where the Shell Diesel 2004 will be distributed. 

Idris said as part of their initiative to ensure a clean Olympics, the organisers were encouraging municipalities, Olympics sponsors and all diesel vehicle drivers to use the product for a cleaner environment. 

“Shell Malaysia is proud that our unique product is viewed as an important environmental contribution, and critical success factor to the overall Games.” 

Idris said GTL technology offered an exciting opportunity as part of a wide range of future fuels that Shell had under development, adding that it provided a cost effective way to improve urban air quality. 

“The gas-derived fuel opens up the possibility of a strategic diversification for automotive fuel supply. 

“It can be used in conventional diesel engines without the need for any modifications.” 

Idris said Shell MDS' plant in Bintulu was the world's first and only commercial low-temperature Fischer-Tropsch GTL facility, with a production capacity recently de-bottlenecked to 14,700 barrels per day (bpd) of transport fuels and specialty products. 

The plant converts 140 million cu ft per day of natural gas, piped onshore from the South China Sea, into fuels and specialty products. 

Shell MDS is a joint venture between Shell Gas BV, Petronas, Diamond Gas Holdings (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp) and the Sarawak state government. 

“Currently, plans are underway within the Shell Group to develop the next generation of plants, each with a capacity of over 70,000 bpd, which could see this innovative fuel being made available in larger quantities by the end of the decade,” said Idris. 

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