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Fuel adulteration in Pakistan

Pakistan turns to marker compounds to curb fuel adulteration

Pakistan has a big problem with adulterated fuels, and has announced plans to mandate the use of chemical markers in locally-produced kerosene – thought to be the primary adulterant in higher-priced products like petrol, high speed diesel (HSD) and high-octane blending component (HOBC), reports Kerosene is generally a tax-free product while there are levies of 40-50 per cent on the other products, it notes. The country will now start a tender process among fuel-marker producers.