DoE moves to end "sulphur dumping" on domestic fuel market

Proposals to prohibit the supply of high-sulphur petroleum coke as a domestic fuel were issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 16 July.1 The ban would curb the dumping of sulphur in the UK by US oil refineries.

The DoE's proposals are a response to the increasing penetration of petroleum coke into the UK domestic solid fuel market. The fuel consists of the solid residue from oil refining, and has a sulphur content of 5.8% - way above the average 1.6% sulphur content of British coals. US refineries are the source of the fuel.

An estimated 50,000-100,000 tonnes of petroleum coke are being imported annually for household use in the UK. This is a sm

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