First service station with biodiesel in Spain

First service station with biodiesel in Spain
CIVITAS2004-Sustainable Development News

TÀRREGA, Lleida, February 25, 2003 – A service station in the town of Tàrrega, in the Lleida region, has opened the first pump in Spain that supplies biodiesel, which is partly made up of vegetable-based oils. This fuel pollutes less, reduces noise and prolongs the life of the engine because lubrication is improved.

The biofuel, sold under the name of BDP 30 in the Petromiralles service station at the national N-11 motorway exit at the municipal limit of Tàrrega, is a blend of 30% vegetable-based oils and 70% diesel and is biodegradable and 30% less polluting than traditional diesel.

This ecological fuel is sold at the same price as conventional diesel and can be used in all vehicles that run on diesel. It is produced by the manufacturing plant Stocks del Vallés in collaboration with the Catalan Energy Institute of the Generalitat (Regional Government) of Catalonia. The Catalan government envisages that, by 2010, 8% of all diesel consumed in Catalonia will be bio-diesel, in keeping with the European norms on fuel consumption.

The distributing company, Petromiralles, is to install another five pumps with the same type of fuel in the towns of Figueres, Igualada, Vilafranca del Penedès, Cercs and the port area of Barcelona.

This story was provided to the Hip Guide to Spain by the CIVITAS2004 Sustainable Development News Service. CIVITAS2004 is a program of the upcoming event, Forum Barcelona 2004.

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