Winter Diesel Guide
How to protect your fuels through the winter months
Defining the fuel property specification
Winter fuel is suitable for year-round use due to its greater resistance to cold temperatures, with a minimum cold filter plugging point (CFPP) of -12°C. In contrast, summer fuel is only approved for use in warmer months, as it has limited resistance to cold with a minimum CFPP of -4°C.
Winter diesel is specifically refined to meet the requirements of colder climates and seasons. However, during periods of extreme cold, performance issues may still arise. It is important to adhere to recommended guidelines to maximise the effectiveness of your fuel during the winter months.
Using summer grade diesel in winter can lead to various problems for your business, including the formation of paraffin crystals in red diesel when it becomes too cold, the accumulation of sludge in fuel tanks due to water formation at lower temperatures, and potential operational issues such as engine damage, equipment failure, and unplanned downtime if these issues are not addressed.
AVOID ANY ISSUES WITH YOUR DIESEL DURING WINTER
At Compass Fuel Oils, we aim to ensure that you understand the potential challenges that can occur in extreme weather conditions, like wind and rain, and how we can assist you in addressing them. Diesel’s properties are modified seasonally to uphold effective performance and operability in low temperatures.
IN ORDER TO PREVENT DIESEL ISSUES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, WE ADVISE YOU TO:
WHAT IS COMPASS FUEL OILS DOING TO MINIMISE WINTER GRADE DIESEL PROBLEMS?
We adjust the quality of our diesel automatically at no additional cost to ensure you receive the appropriate fuel throughout the year. It wouldn’t be cost-effective to supply winter-grade diesel year-round.
During crude oil refining, there is typically less winter-grade fuel available compared to summer-grade. Winter-grade fuel also has a lower energy content than summer-grade. This ensures that our customers always receive top-quality products at the best possible price, regardless of the season.
With nationwide coverage and quantities available in 205-litre oil drums up to 36,000 litres and more, we offer same-day and next-day deliveries for your convenience.
To learn more about how we can assist you with any of the mentioned services, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team today at 0330 128 9838 for a quote.
Why choose Compass Fuels?
- 100% UK nationwide delivery coverage.
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- Flexible credit terms – Up to 30 days following month of invoice for customers paying via direct debit.
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