Shell station tests negative for methanol in fuel product

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Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. last week said its Valenzuela station has been cleared from claims that it is selling gasoline blended with methanol.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has examined products taken from Shell Marulas station in Valenzuela City and said it tested negative for methanol.

“The DOE, following tests undertaken at its laboratory, announced that the products taken from the said Shell station tested negative for methanol,” Shell said.

Shell reiterated it is committed to provide quality products that meet the Philippine National Standards (PNS).

The Philippine National Standards (PNS)/DOE QS 007:2014 standard for Bioethanol (E100) specifies the limit for E100 at a maximum of 0.5 percent per volume or an expected maximum allowable methanol content of 0.05 percent per volume in E10.

Under the Biofuels Law, E10 blended gasoline is currently being sold in the market.

Earlier, the DOE urged the public to be cautious about adulterated petroleum products sold in gasoline stations.

46 out of 924 outlets inspected by the DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau (DOE-OIMB) were found using methanol blend in their products said to be harmful to car engines.

These outlets are located in Metro Manila and the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Quezon, and Rizal.