(EnergyAsia, November 1 2010, Monday) — Gull New Zealand, an independent oil company, said it has sourced biodiesel from leading biodiesel manufacturer Environ Fuels to launch the nation’s only B5 blended biodiesel available to the public at a service station.

With the current availability of Gull Diesel Max, three Gull service stations now solely sell biofuel which include Gull Diesel Max, Gull Force 10 (98 octane petrol) and Gull Regular Plus (91 octane petrol).

According to the company, biodiesel manufactured in New Zealand is made from vegetable oil or tallow. The biodiesel to be used in Gull Diesel Max is manufactured from waste vegetable oil.

Gull New Zealand general manager Dave Bodger said the company has been looking to retail biodiesel for some time.

He said: “Gull Diesel Max is a five per cent biodiesel blend. This biodiesel blend will not only reduce carbon emissions, but will also be a cleaner and smoother fuel offering more lubricity to your vehicle’s engine. Gull Diesel Max will also come at a reduced price point compared with our competitors’ diesels.

“The addition of Gull Diesel Max gives the Kiwi motorist even more fuel choice. Gull represents a choice to purchase fuel that is not only cleaner and more efficient with lower carbon emissions, but also a fuel with a lower retail cost.”

Michelle McCaughey, general manager of Environ Fuels, said: “Environ already supplies sustainable biodiesel to a number of the tourism sector’s marine vessels, buses and other vehicles, so it is great to now see biodiesel being retailed at the pumps and made available to Kiwi motorists.”