Better quality gasoline and diesel en route to Curaçao, diesel slightly delayed

November 30, 2023  –WILLEMSTAD – Starting from the first quarter of 2024, Curaçao will exclusively receive higher-quality fuel at the pump. Minister of Economic Development, Ruisandro Cijntje, confirms that Curaçao will transition to higher-quality gasoline by the end of this week or at the latest, early December, without influencing the price. The first month will involve a blend of old and new quality. 

“The switch to fuel that complies with the Euro4 standard does not come with a price increase,” stated Cijntje. This statement contrasts with previous announcements regarding an expected slight rise in fuel prices by a few cents. 

The Euro4 standard is a set of environmental regulations established by the European Union to limit the emission of harmful substances from vehicles. This standard is particularly relevant for cars, trucks, and buses and became effective in the European Union between 2005 and 2009, depending on the type of vehicle. Curaçao is thus following this standard belatedly. 

January 

Motorists can expect to fill up with only higher-quality gasoline by the end of January, while diesel users will have to wait a bit longer. 

“The significant sulfur difference between the old and new diesel requires a more thorough flush-out process,” explains Yamil Lasten of Curoil. The current diesel contains 500 ppm sulfur, while the goal is to transition to diesel with only 15 ppm. 

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