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Tomsk researchers develop cold-proof gasoline for the Arctic
© RIA Novosti. Igor Zarembo

Tomsk researchers develop cold-proof gasoline for the Arctic

Researchers at the Tomsk Polytechnic University have developed a kind of gasoline that can withstand temperatures of up to —80°С, as opposed to the standard product that can only be used in up to —50°С. An official statement from the university's press service on the new fuel was released to Interfax.

"The new high-octane gasoline and diesel fuels can withstand really cold temperatures of up to —80 degrees Centigrade. Such highly liquid fuels can be used in various northern Russian regions, including the Arctic and Antarctic," the statement quotes Vladimir Yerofeyev, professor of the university's Geology and Oil Deposit Development Department, as saying.

University researchers are working on a new technology to produce highly liquid fuels from various hydrocarbon materials using special catalytic facilities. The required hydrocarbon fraction is fed into the reactor with a catalyst heated up to a particular degree, where it is transformed into cold-proof gasoline.

In addition to being cold-proof, the final product has lower contents of sulfur, benzene and aromatic hydrocarbons. The fuel meets technical regulations' requirements for Euro-5 and Euro-6 oil products.