New Autogas Quality Standard Developed with Account of the European Union’s Standards Enters into Force in Ukraine on 1 February 2018
The State Standard DSTU588:2017 (EN 589:2008+A1:2012, IDT) enters into force on 1 February 2018. The document sets stricter requirements to quality of the LPG used for motor vehicles and also brings the Ukrainian standard into compliance with the European one.
According to Clause 5 of Article 23 of the Law of Ukraine “On Consumer Rights Protection”, liquefied gas for domestic and utility use may not be sold to fill up motor vehicles starting from 1 February 2018. This measure protects consumer rights and allows reducing the level of harmful emissions into the atmosphere, since gas for domestic and utility use has high content of water and sulphur. Use thereof to refill motor vehicles results in quick deterioration of the vehicle’s fuel system and, therefore, increases the cost of repair works.
According to Vitalii Horychko, the Head of the Oil Product Quality Subcommittee, “Not only the new quality standard sets stricter environmental requirements to autogas and allows filling the market with fuel with better emission standards, but it is also an efficient measure aimed at counteracting counterfeiting”.
According to the experts, this change will have no impact on the retail price of liquefied gas as the changes are associated with technological and bureaucratic issues only and have no influence on pricing.
We would like to remind that the given State Standard was approved on 25 September 2017 by Order No. 299 of the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Research and Training Center of Standardization, Certification and Quality”, and gave entities operating on the Ukrainian oil and gas market four months to prepare for the new developments.