Share of Low Quality Fuel in Bulgaria Shrank 5-Fold in 4 Years
The share of low quality fuel on the Bulgarian market has decreased five-fold over the past four years, according to Petar Kostadinov from the State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance (SAMTS).
Kostadinov explained Monday that the share of poor quality fuel on the Bulgarian market amounted to slightly over 3% in 2012.
The SAMTS Chief Secretary, as cited by Darik radio, made clear that offenders used a range of components to dilute fuel, thereby lowering its quality.
He reminded that winter diesel was more expensive because it contained a special additive to prevent freezing at temperatures of up to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
Kostadinov specified that the share of low quality fuel had only registered slight decreases by 2009.
He noted that it had taken other EU member states 4-5 years to curb the share of substandard fuel after the imposition of strict control, while the process in Bulgaria had necessitated 6-7 years.
The expert argued that the share of 3.4% of poor quality fuel in 2013 placed Bulgaria at a good level around the EU average.
He underscored that Bulgaria had reached a good score in curbing sales of poor quality fuel on the tenth year after imposing stringent control.
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