Ultimate insult for BP users


NORTHERN Rivers BP service stations have shut down their Ultimate petrol bowsers after allegations the octane levels in the fuel are too low.

Eleven of Ballina Petroleum's BP stations have had their Ultimate fuel shut off while an investigation takes place into claims three out of four samples of petrol taken from their bowsers showed lower than required octane ratings.

The tests were undertaken on behalf of Channel Seven current affairs program Today Tonight.

Ultimate fuel will be unavailable at BP service stations in Ballina, Suffolk Park, Wollongbar, Lismore, Wardell, Goonellabah and Broadwater until further notice.

BP Ultimate fuel has an octane rating of 98, compared with premium at 95 and regular unleaded at 91.

The higher octane petrol gives vehicles greater power and fuel efficiency.

A BP spokesperson said the allegations were being taken very seriously.

"We're extremely concerned about the information provided to us," he said.

"As soon as we found out, we launched an investigation because we believe it needs to be addressed immediately." He also stressed the 11 businesses in questions are owned by Ballina Petroleum, but branded as BP stations.

"We can't control what Ballina Petroleum do, but we've advised them not to put the BP Ultimate fuel back on until the investigations are concluded," he said.

Ballina Petroleum also issued a statement saying BP was not responsible for the incident in any way.

The BP spokesman said he did not expect any engine related issues to arise in vehicles that had been running on Ultimate fuel and described the situation as an 'isolated incident'.

However, he said concerned drivers could call 1300 139 700.

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