Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

Bru

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Marine diesel (gas oil) sold on tidal waters is/should be FAME-free; that sold on non-tidal/inland waters will contain FAME.
Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) and Gas Oil are two different products.

MDO is a blend of gas oil and heavy fuel oil

Marine Gas Oil is a low sulphur FAME free fuel

Gas Oil aka Red Diesel can be MGO. It can also be, and frequently is, supplied from the same tanks as DERV fuel

The only refinery in the UK currently supplying MGO is Fawley and few marine outlets beyond the South Coast offer guaranteed FAME free MGO or MDO

Unless an outlet specifically states that it's fuel is FAME free it potentially sends probably isn't
 

Simi

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fame free may be more difficult to find come April when we all will be filling with white which is more likely to be not fame free
 

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I emailed Cowes fuel barge to see what is in the diesel they sell, it seems a bit inconclusive:

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Bru

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I emailed Cowes fuel barge to see what is in the diesel they sell, it seems a bit inconclusive:
It's about as conclusive as it gets unless they're selling explicitly FAME free fuel

That's because the short answer to "how much FAME is in my gas oil" is "nobody knows"

Unless a storage tank (or tanks) is set aside and only used for FAME free fuel from the sole (afaik) supplier in the UK (Fawley), the amount of FAME in a tank of gas oil could be anything from 0% to 7%.

It's increasingly unlikely to be 0% though!

This is because in order to meet targets on renewables, the refineries and bulk distributors add varying amounts of FAME to gas oil. If they're on target with their DERV etc sales, they won't add much if any, if they're behind they'll add more up to 7%.

And the above assumes that what you're buying as gas oil is actually gas oil and not DERV because they can substitute the latter for the former. Not that we'd notice, the difference in specifications is largely irrelevant, other than that DERV *will* have 7% FAME in it

So what's in a distributors tank of gas oil is anybody's guess

And who knows at this stage what the impact of the changes to who can use "red" diesel will have. Of a certainty it reduces the market for "red" substantially and that may impact on the availability of true gas oil with DERV being substituted more often
 
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