Australian unleaded petrol to change colour

The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) in conjunction with petrol manufacturing and importing member companies has decided to remove dye from unleaded petrol and E10.

This change will have no impact on the fuel’s performance or on compliance with federal and state/territory quality standards or other legislation.

The reason for the change is to align with the international practice of not dying petrol. Removing dye from unleaded petrol and E10 will assist AIP member companies and other suppliers that import fuel with the purchase of petrol cargoes from international refineries. Currently around 20 per cent of Australia’s petrol supplies are imported and this proportion is expected to increase in future.

Historically, dye has been added to petrol to assist workers in the petroleum industry to quickly identify different petrol grades when handling fuels in the supply and distribution process. The introduction of new equipment and procedures means that relying on colour is no longer required.

The change to undyed unleaded petrol and E10 will begin on October 1 and the AIP anticipates that the transition will take up to 12 months, during which both dyed and undyed unleaded petrol and E10 may be seen in the market.

Unleaded petrol and E10 are dyed a red/orange colour. With the removal of dye, these will appear pale yellow to mid yellow. This will be similar to premium unleaded fuel and diesel, which are also undyed.

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