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HUMBERTO ARANGO, Jorge. Quality of Fuels in Colombia. [online]. 2009, n.29, pp.100-108. ISSN 0121-4993.

In order to acquire a brief understanding of the state o the fuels in Colombia and then frame the necessities for biofuels, the engineer Jorge Humberto Arango, fuels refining manager at Ecopetrol, displayed a summary regarding the work carried out by Ecopetrol during the last decade to improve the quality of gas, diesel, biodiesel, and natural gas by analyzing aspects such as sulfur and aromatics presence, and particle matter emissions when fueling motors. For example, sulfur concentration for Diesel reaches one of the lowest reported in Latinamerica (500 ppm) moreover, the aromatics content in Colombian gasoline projects it as one of the best in world (regular gasoline, 20 % and Premium 22 %). On the other hand, even though there exist a clear effort from Ecopetrol to improve fuels quality, particle matter and sulfur emissions are still needed to be reduced in the same proportion than the fuel quality is improved mainly in twenty five aged motor vehicles.

Keywords : Biodiesel; biofuels; diesel; energy; fuels; gas; natural gas; sustainable mobility.

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