Monday, March 07, 2005

Fill Her Up

I have three favorite gas stations I visit. The first one is behind Cinema Salmiya. I like that place because I think its the only gas station in Salmiya that isn't self service. I am too lazy to get out of my car sometimes and thats when I pass by this station. My second favorite gas station is in Kuwait City next to Aramex. I like that gas station for 2 reasons, one they have the Ultra Super Unleaded gas, which is the green colored one not the regular gold and red. I believe this one is either 97 or 98 octane. The second reason I like that station is the air pump for the wheels is digital. Its a lot easier to use then the regular analog ones. My third favorite gas station is near Sheraton Hotel. This is a pretty small quiet station, I pass by there after work and I always pay with Knet. I am not sure about the other two gas stations if they accept Knet but I know this one does for sure. Its allot easier paying with Knet, they just swipe the card and give it back to you. No waiting for your pin code or for the order to go through, its instant. Recently I found out from Nibaq that every gas station has a number with the oldest being station #1. Next time you pass by a gas station check out the number under the stations sign. The lower the number the older the station.

For those of you expecting pictures from todays demonstration, I posted about it on 2:48AM with some pics I shot plus a link to Nibaqs pics.


Blogger Purgatory said...

Regular, RON =92
Premium, RON =95
Green, RON =97

RON: Research Octane Number, which is what is "usually" put on a pump in most countries for customers to know what they use.

However, that number alone is not sufficient, you need to know MON, Motor Octane Number. The bigger the difference between the two, the lower the quality.

In Reality the Green gasoline is the best for your car at this moment, but you can still fuel with 95 and the car should be ok, except in summer time, dont ask why :)

9:26 AM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

ah cool i was "nearly" right. I read that in japan they have Octane 99. I think it was in a BMW forum..

9:32 AM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Purgatory said...

They do, but do not be fooled by the number alone. In germany you can even find 101 octane (V-Power), that you see also no F-1 cars. That has a friction modifier also plus the detergent.

Gasoline quality depends on many factors such as stability, distillation profile, composition and more, so octane is not always the only parameter that affects performance in the vehicle. If you access the Adnoc site, you will find the specification for the green gasoline, but that might not be a bit too complex to understand :)

Also, in the US, octane quality 87,89 and 93 is not the same. They use an average of MON and RON to come with this value. This gives refineries more flexibility in producing their fuels.

Note that European cars are more sensitive to fuel quality than American or Japanese cars, simply because the engine are compact and designed to give power, reduce emissions and still be cost effective, so it is not always suitable for certain regions.

Gasoline anways is yesterday's fuel, now you have diesel, followed by Diesel+GTL, GTL, BTL, then going to hydrogen by 2030 at earliest, so you will see changes rapidly with time.

9:51 AM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

so what do you do again?

10:02 AM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Purgatory said...

I used to sell ice-cream at Baskin Robbins until someone took pictures of me sleeping!! Now I work as a scientist :P

10:21 AM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Gigi said...

Purg, LOL!

Gigi, razza-ly ;P

2:59 PM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Purgatory said...

GiGi, besech te7resh and post :P

4:06 PM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger BusyNow said...

i like the gas station near alshe3eb park.

9:26 PM, March 08, 2005  

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