Where is it best to fuel up in Latvia?

LTV's Forbidden Method (Aizliegtais paņēmiens) show recently tested a number of fuel samples from fueling stations in Latvia and abroad, comparing performance indices for diesel fuel and gasoline.

Fuel prices from where the samples were drawn

GER (Aral) 1.64 eiro/l

GBR (BP) 1.54 eiro/l

GER (Krimphoff)  1.52 eiro/l

LAT (Circle K) 1,32 eiro/l

LAT (Viada) 1,31 eiro/l

LAT (Neste) 1,30 eiro/l

POL (BP) 1,29 eiro/l

POL (Lotos)  1,28 eiro/l

The show stocked up on 5-liter canisters from Viada (formerly Lukoil; it has about 70 stations across Latvia); Neste (about 70 stations); and Circle K (formerly Statoil, about 80 stations) as well as samples from fueling stations in Britain, Germany and Poland.

Fuel from Russia was also used, as it is sometimes imported into Latvia. 

Tests at the Customs lab of the State Revenue Service found that for 95-octane gasoline, the Neste fuel edges slightly ahead (less is better) on several indices, such as oxygen, ethanol and ether content, but all the tested samples fall within the quality requirements in Latvia.

The same applies to diesel fuel, where Neste was outperformed by other retail fuels sold in Latvia only in the density index. 

Most of the fueling stations in Latvia obtain their fuel from the Orlen terminal in Mažeikiai, Lithuania, whilst Neste imports it from Finland. 

Circle K Latvia representative Alvis Ērglis told LTV that their fuel is imported as per a special order, insuring quality.

Neste Latvija board member Armands Beiziķis meanwhile said that Neste imports their fuel from Finland by sea. 

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