In recent years there has been an increase of truck engine breakdowns reported in the South of the UK, the Benelux and Northern Germany. The injection systems of the truck engines had been heavily damaged by contaminated diesel fuel. Deliveries from a refinery in Eastern Europe was identified as the source of this contamination.
The properties that all automotive diesel fuel must meet if it is to be sold in the European Union and several other European countries is described in the BSI EN 590 and the corresponding national standards. As the UK was one of the affected areas of the distributed contaminated diesel fuel, the British Standard Institute BSI assigned the Energy Institute EI in London to develop a cleanliness standard for the determination of particle contamination in diesel fuel. This new test method, IP PM FA, came into effect on 30.04.2020. The BSI EN 590 will implement this test in the next revision as a reference method for solid contamination.
The European Committee for Standardization CEN is also working on a method for the determination of solid contamination in diesel fuel. This method is estimated to be published in the course of 2020. Particle counters from PAMAS will also be qualified to be used as per this upcoming method.