Petroleum Products

Coal stealing price edge on crude chemicals

Crude-based chemical makers will face more competition. Photo: AFP

Producers of chemicals from crude oil will face keener rivalry from those that use coal as feedstock, given the solid fuel's price advantage.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 3:17am

Harm's way?

When a city gets packed into a small area, as with Hong Kong, there are bound to be oddities with planning and design. The living room that overlooks a neighbour's bathroom, the hotel with a bird's eye view of a cemetery, and buildings in mixed zones that offer spaces that are apartments one day, a restaurant the next and a sex shop after that are among the inevitabilities.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Higher fuel prices, jams slow mainland car sales

Mainland car sales dropped 3.4 per cent from a year earlier to 4.8 million units in the first quarter as buyers were deterred by higher fuel prices and traffic jams in some big cities.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Carriers vow to continue use of low-sulphur fuel

Several shipping lines using low-sulphur fuel while berthed in Hong Kong have indicated they will continue using the costly fuel next year even though the government has failed to introduce laws mandating its use.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fuel rules essential for harbour traffic

The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong icon, as much a part of our history as a tourist attraction. As such, it should be striving to reduce the amount of air pollution created by its ferries. The same goes for other vessels plying their trade in our waters.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Time we realised only laws can clear the air ...

All sorts of schemes have been put forward over the years to improve Hong Kong's air quality. Apart from a handful of rules on clean vehicle fuel, they've been voluntary, relying on education, incentives and goodwill to reduce pollution levels. With roadside conditions in the busiest districts worsening and skies still grey on many days, the drawbacks to this approach are apparent.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Cost of clean fuel could push ferry fares up 14pc

Fares on outlying island ferries could still rise by about 14 per cent despite a proposed government subsidy, if ferry operators are required to use cleaner fuel.

New World First Ferry and Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry said the cost of ultra-low sulphur diesel was 20 per cent to 30 per cent higher than regular diesel, even if it was also 100 times cleaner.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

Fill up and go at cheap pirate petrol station

Surveillance cameras track your every move, while lookouts pace up and down the street. Getting your car filled with illegal fuel is a serious business these days.

There is a thriving black market in Hong Kong selling petrol from the mainland that generates huge profits and involves some very professionally run criminal organisations.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

Drivers overpaying because firms don't stock cheaper fuel

Most Hong Kong drivers are paying up to 5 per cent more than necessary for petrol because fuel companies provide only one grade, one that is best suited for use in sports cars.

The 98-octane petrol supplied in the city's service stations has an octane rating higher than necessary for average vehicles, which need no more than 95 and some even less, the Consumer Council says.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

It's time shipping was made to clean up its act

For years, the government shrugged off concerns about poor air quality as being all but out of its control. Factories in Guangdong, and weather patterns, were blamed for the grey pall hanging overhead. Study upon study, the latest involving the container port at Kwai Chung, have since found that the pollution is mostly our own doing.

14 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Natural partnership

Reducing highly toxic emissions from ships must be a key part of the government's clean-air strategy. Right now, shipping emissions are regarded as a problem that can wait. Officials have not given this a higher priority because they take a total-quantity approach rather than a public health one. Total emissions from power plants and road vehicles are many times higher than that from ships.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Fewer black clouds to spoil harbour

Regular passengers on the island ferries today may notice that the clouds of black smoke that usually billow from the vessels' funnels are missing.

If that is the case, they will have boarded one of the vessels that have begun using ultra-low-sulphur fuel as a trial.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Caltex petrol to cost more

Caltex has increased the price of petrol by about 41 HK cents a litre, reversing the downward trend of the past seven months. It blamed a 28 per rise in prices in Singapore since mid-December. Caltex petrol will now cost HK$12.99 to HK$13.83 a litre. However, diesel and LPG prices were cut by 18 HK cents a litre and HK$1.82 a kilogram because of falling world prices.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Turmoil offers opportunity to promote green cars

The central government will soon announce the rate cut for consumption tax, which is regarded as a move to further boost sales and entice consumers to buy 'green' cars in a weak market.

7 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing raises consumption taxes

The mainland announced significantly higher consumption taxes on a range of fuel products after it implemented a cut in fuel prices yesterday.

20 Dec 2008 - 12:00am