Farm Ireland

Sunday 18 March 2018

Dublin firm in 'eco-petrol' deal

Using alkylate petrol leads to less emissions
Using alkylate petrol leads to less emissions

Bruce Lett

DUBLIN-BASED firm Liffey Distributors is the sole supplier of new "eco friendly" petrol in Ireland. The new product, Aspen alkylate petrol, was originally developed in Sweden for two-stroke outboard engines on leisure boats.

The majority of outboard engines run their exhaust out into the water to keep the noise levels down. Many of these engines are two-stroke and the Swedes recognised the pollution potential of poor quality petrol combined with incorrectly mixed petrol and two-stroke oil in the water. They set about producing the purer petrol and supplying it as a pre-mixed product for two-stroke engines.

The benefits of using it outside of the boating and leisure craft industry have been recognised and in Ireland Liffey Distributors has made it available through its various brand dealers, Husqvarna, Jonsered, Partner, Flymo and Oregon. This covers a vast amount of small engine equipment, including garden and forestry products, such as lawn mowers and chainsaws.

Liffey Distributors says that Aspen alkylate petrol is made from the purest petroleum and it is this purity that provides both a cleaner engine and cleaner air for the environment. They claim that Aspen alkylate petrol is more or less free from dangerous component parts such as benzene, aromatic hydrocarbons, sulphur and cracked components. As a result, Aspen produces significantly lower air emissions than normal petrol.

It is available as pre-mixed two-stroke petrol for two-stroke engines and unmixed for four-stroke engines. The alkylate petrol is delivered in environmentally adapted packaging and packages. The product also has a shelf life of up to five years, far more than that of petrol available at the pumps. The retail price for the alkylate petrol is about €4.50 per litre including VAT.

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