Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC


Regulation Transposing Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC


Implications for Gas Oil Specifications


On March 31st 2011 new regulations relating to the specification and use of Gas Oil in non-road mobile machinery were introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Non-road mobile machinery includes tractors, agricultural equipment, plant machinery, forestry equipment, construction equipment, mobile industrial equipment, and portable generators.

Gas Oil / Green Diesel /MGO have a Sulphur content of 1000 milligrams per kilogram of fuel 1000ppm (commonly referred to as Gas Oil 1000 ppm (parts per million sulphur).

The new legislation stipulates that Gas Oil used in non-road mobile machinery must have Sulphur content of no more than 10 milligrams per kilogram of fuel 10ppm, now known as SFGO (Sulphur Free Gas Oil 10ppm).

As a result of these new regulations it is against the law to use Gas Oil 1000 ppm in non-road mobile machinery. The Revenue Commissioners and Customs are entitled to enter your property and take samples to enforce the appropriate use of the various grades of gas oil. If it is found that Gas Oil 1000 ppm is being used in equipment covered by the legislation substantial penalties can be imposed.

In addition to the legal requirement to use the new SFGO (Sulphur Free Gas Oil 10ppm) in non-road mobile machinery, some newer engines, designed to achieve lower emissions, could be damaged if the old Gas Oil 1000 ppm is used.

At all times M. & J. KELLEHER Ltd. act in compliance with the law and will seek to ensure that our Customers are fully informed regarding the regulations, regarding the supply and use of Gas Oil products. If you require further clarification regarding these changes in the technical specifications of Gas Oil for use inn on-road mobile machinery please contact our office.

It is the Customer’s responsibility to order the appropriate grade of product for the equipment they intend to use in it.


 M. & J. KELLEHER Ltd. shall not be liable for any breaches by the Customer of the 10ppm Gas Oil Legislation.


It is the Customer’s responsibility to ensure the correct grade of Gas Oil is used in accordance with the Current Legislation.