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Starting from July 2015, ESSO has completed the face lift of its stations to enhance its customer experience and introduced the improved formula of its gasoline. The names and color codes of its petrol were also changed, and caused some confusion to the drivers. The red color petrol, which previously represented Synergy 5000 or Octane-95 equivalent, is now used to represent its Octane-98 petrol or also known as Synergy Supreme+. Below are the new names of the different grades of gasoline offered by ESSO.
The entry grade, Octane-92 also known as (a.k.a) Synergy Regular, contains more additives that can help improve your fuel efficiency.
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After the announcement of Budget 2015, petrol companies were prompt in implementing the new petrol duty tax. Petrol duty tax for premium grade petrol (98-Octane) increased 20 cents to 64 cents, while intermediate grade petrol (92-Octane & 95-Octane) increased 15 cents to 56 cents. Since then, there was much debate on whether the companies were profiteering as some of the companies raised the pump prices in excess of the hike from the petrol duty tax.
In March 2015, I was honoured to be invited by MediaCorp producers to attend “Talking Point” to give my personal views as both a driver and a consumer. If you have missed this episode, you can head to Toogle and watch the recorded version. During the commercial break discussion with an oil industry veteran (Mr. Ong Eng Tong), I finally understood the background as to why the petrol prices in Singapore are priced similarly across the different companies. He shared much on the common business practices of the petrol industries. In summary, it is similar to how the telcos in Singapore operate and that is by sharing key infrastructures. Another key lesson learnt for myself is the understandings of the different petrol grades. Since that day onward, I decided to pump 95-Octane for my newly purchased car instead of 98-Octane. After trying out a few full tanks of 95-Octane petrol, I concluded that Octane level did not have relationship with the fuel consumption on my Kia Forte K3. Lastly, Mr. Ong also shared during the show on the different components that determines the pump prices as below:
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I have launched a new page to keep drivers in Singapore updated on the fuel/petrol prices. As there is currently no web services available to grab the prices from the respective companies, this is a manual process! Still, I believe that changes should be spread to all drivers to allow them to make informed decision on when to top up their fuels. In order for this project to be successful, I will need to garner to help of all drivers to keep me posted other than I myself updating based on the companies’ websites or every other day when I topped up my petrol. I will keep this page simple first by just publishing the petrol prices. If the progress is good, I will introduce more information such as credit card promotions, limited products on sale (e.g. LOGO cards @ Shell) and etc.
You might connect to my twitter as I will post it whenever I update the page. Also, through twitter, you can also update me the petrol prices too! Follow @wenwei84