Information provided from an
EPA Fact Sheet
Fischer-Tropsch technology converts coal, natural gas,
and low-value refinery products into a high-value, clean-burning fuel.
The resultant fuel is colorless, odorless, and low in toxicity. In
addition, it is virtually interchangeable with conventional diesel
fuels and can be blended with diesel at any ratio with little to no
modification. Fischer-Tropsch fuels offer important emissions benefits
compared with diesel, reducing nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and
For the past 50
years, Fischer-Tropsch fuels have powered all of South Africa’s
vehicles—from buses to trucks to taxicabs. The fuel is primarily
supplied by Sasol, a world leader in Fischer-Tropsch technologies.
Sasol’s South African facility produces more than 150,000 barrels of
high-quality fuel from domestic low-grade coal daily. The popular fuel
is cost-competitive with crude oil-based petroleum products in South