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Petrol and diesel
Petrol and diesel are likely to remain the most widely used transport fuels for years to come. Burning them to produce energy creates local pollution and emissions that contribute to climate change. At Shell we are working to provide customers with cleaner, more energy-efficient fuels that can help them lower their emissions.
Making petrol and diesel
After oil is removed from the ground, it is sent to a refinery by pipeline or tanker.
At the refinery heat is used to separate out different products at different boiling points.
Some of these products, such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene, are ready for use as heating or transport fuels.
Others pass through a distillation column where heat and pressure cause a chemical reaction that transforms them into higher value fuel products.
In a final stage, we may blend these products with additives to improve the quality of the fuel.
We could also add gas-to-liquids (GTL) gasoil, for example, to make fuels more efficient, or biofuels which can result in lower total CO2 emissions from production to use.
Many of our customers want more efficient fuels. Others want to improve the performance of their car.
We offer fuels that help meet these customer expectations across the world.
We have developed Shell FuelSave Regular Unleaded, which is designed to help customers save fuel – at no extra cost.
Working closely with the Ferrari team in Formula One we have developed Shell V-Power and Shell V-Power Diesel.
These fuels are designed to enhance engine performance and are available to customers in over 60 countries.
We also offer Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines in the USA and Canada.
These help to better clean engines and protect against the build-up of deposits, improving engine efficiency.