New tractor fuel to power farmers through harvest

Duncan Lambert, director of Rix Petroleum, alongside the modern diesel tractor that would benefit from Gas Oil Plus.
Duncan Lambert, director of Rix Petroleum, alongside the modern diesel tractor that would benefit from Gas Oil Plus.

A family-owned fuel supplier in Spalding has launched a new fuel to ensure farmers can meet the latest off-road engine emission standards.

Rix Petroleum Spalding has unveiled Gas Oil Plus, which with its rapid ignition qualities, is said to be a benefit to farmers in many ways.

Robin Exley, director of Rix Petroleum Spalding, in Welland Business Park, Clay Lake, said: “We needed to formulate a new gas oil product that compliments modern tractor diesel engines, enabling farmers to ensure they meet the stricter criteria without causing damage to their expensive plant and machinery.

He said: “The higher cetane number of Gas Oil Plus means it ignites more quickly, particularly on cold, frosty mornings, and that reduces emissions, and can reduce engine noise and increase fuel economy.”

Mr Exley said Gas Oil Plus could prolong the life of fuel injectors by helping to keep them clean and contains a demulsifier and corrosion inhibitor to help protect fuel systems.

He added: “The reduction in sulphur concentration can reduce the lubricating properties of the fuel, so we have formulated Gas Oil Plus to ensure these problems don’t arise, making the fuel compatible with modern, diesel tractor engines.”

Director Duncan Lambert said the fuel was available to farmers in time for harvest and they could be sure they were in line with the latest fuel emissions rules.