For over 16 years, Tesoro's Alaskan refinery in Nikiski has been producing ultra low sulfur gasoline. According to Scott Huggins, Sales and Promo Coordinator for Tesoro, their ultra clean fuels meet the federal standards that will not be imposed until the year 2006. " This is something that we feel we have been needing to tell Alaskans for quite awhile," Huggins told the luncheon meeting of the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance last week at the Paradisosrestaurant in Kenai.
"We've been energizing Alaska with an ultra clean fuel for the last 16 years, and we feel it's time to get on our bandwagon about it and start letting the public, as well as the business community, and even our own Tesoro folks know exactly what it is that we are talking about with these ultra low sulfur fuels. For Alaskans, the future is here now," said Huggins. The low sulfur content in Tesoro's fuel has resulted from up-grades at the Nikiski refinery over the last few decades. The low sulfur fuels results in fewer pollutants being released into the air when vehicle engines burn the fuel. A cleaner burning fuel is also better for the engine's fuel injection unit and results in less maintenance costs to the consumer, according to Huggins. As to the reason for Tesoro installing the hydrocracking unit responsible for the sulfur reduction long before the implementation of new federal standards, Huggins added, "It's a better quality product for us."
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