The government has finally decided to switch from 87 RON petrol to 92 and 95 RON standard petrol. It will be switching to the new standards starting next month, with the new import/tender cycle of PSO.
Official sources at the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources say,
Current automobiles are designed to operate at 92 or higher RON, which helps in providing reduced environmental impact, enhanced motor vehicle experience and increased mileage as a result of better engine hygiene.
Quality of Petrol in Pakistan
Currently 87 RON petrol is used across Pakistan. This is the worst quality of standard petrol sold in the world. By comparison even India sells 91 RON petrol as the standard quality petrol.
Lower RON petrol results in engine problems for the car, lower fuel efficiency meaning reduced mileage, increased engine noise, lower acceleration and lower top speeds.
The second quality standard in Pakistan, the “premium” quality or “high octane” petrol comes with an RON of 95. Those were the only options available for Pakistani motorists to date.
The new 92 RON quality petrol will be imported starting November and will be available at a select few petrol stations in the major cities. The decision to import higher quality petrol for regular vehicles was made by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Federal Cabinet, to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce environmental impact caused by lower quality fuel.
More Quality Standards are Coming
The Ministry of Petroleum’s strategy is to change the current petrol quality available. They will have the petroleum supplied at 3 different standards of 92, 95 and 97 RON respectively. The initial introduction of the “regular” 92 RON petrol in the major cities is on a trial basis. Once the new quality is successfully implemented in the major cities, it will be available in the rest of the country as well.
There’s been no word on induction of the 95 and 97 RON petroleum varieties for now.
Via Business Recorder