Tests show vehicle fuel quality 'generally good' in Latvia

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Over the last six months, the State Construction Control Bureau (SCCB) has taken 170 samples of traded diesel fuel and 95- and 98-grade petrol fuels and tested them in an accredited laboratory.  Non-compliance with fuel standards was established in four cases.

During the period from November 2020 to April 2021, the SCCB carried out 170 quality checks of diesel and petrol fuels in 63 service stations across Latvia, without notifying companies in advance.

"The Bureau has ascertained that the quality of winter fuel in Latvia is generally good. Only four cases have been discovered (two samples of 98 petrol fuel, one sample of 95 petrol fuel, and one sample of diesel fuel) where the samples taken did not meet the required standards. Non-compliance was related to an insufficient share of bioethanol, an increased research octane number, and non-compliance with the requirements laid down for winter diesel fuel," the SCCB said in a statement.

The SCCB said it will continue assessing fuel quality and intends to test 300 fuel samples in total by the end of 2021 with 150 samples to be taken during the summer season and 150 in the winter season at 100 different service stations.

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