August 24, 2006

Biodiesel and hydrogen launched in Sweden and Norway

Stavanger, Norway – Norwegian-based oil and gas company Statoil has announced it will add five per cent rapeseed oil to all diesel sold at the group’s service stations in Sweden; it currently sells the biodiesel at four of its service stations in Norway. The rapeseed content in Swedish fuels will replace 46 million litres of petroleum diesel per year, with an expected reduction of 115,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

“The low rapeseed oil fuel mixture is the most effective way of increasing the use of renewable fuels, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions,” says Bjarne Lindberg, product quality manager in Statoil Sweden. “Statoil’s goal is to offer fuel with less of an environmental impact to reduce the greenhouse effect. We expect to add an increasingly larger amount of renewable content to our diesel in the future.”

The company has also opened Norway’s first hydrogen filling station; it will form part of the country’s national Hydrogen Road of Norway project, planned between Stavanger and Oslo. When in place, the system will allow hydrogen-powered vehicles to run between the two cities by 2009.

The station pumps hydrogen, natural gas and naturalhy, a mixture of the two; the Norwegian-produced Fyk sportscar, unveiled in August, runs on naturalhy.

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