Diesel Fuel

Diesel fuel, in its various denominations, is the main fuel marketed in Brazil, and is used to transport cargo and passengers on boats, in the industry, to generate power, in construction machinery, in farm machinery and in locomotives, meeting the needs both of the consumers and of the most advanced technologies in combustion, considering the best energy efficiency and the defined atmospheric emission limits.

We produce biodiesel-free diesel fuel pursuant to the technical specifications set forth by the NPA (National Petroleum Agency). Distribution companies, in turn, add biodiesel (in accordance with the content in force in the legislation) to the diesel fuel Petrobras supplies, making it available at fuel stations. Diesel fuel without the addition of biodiesel is called “diesel fuel A,” while diesel fuel containing biodiesel is called “diesel fuel B,” according to the classification established by the NPA.


We produce and trade Diesel fuel on the fuel distribution market for applications defined pursuant to the specifications set forth by the National Petroleum Agency (NPA).

More information is available via e-mail, at sac@petrobras.com.br or by phone, by calling 0800 728 9001.

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Podium Diesel

The most advanced technology in fuels

The high-performance Petrobras Podium Diesel has a minimum cetane* number of 51 units, the largest on the market, and up to 10 mg/kg or ppm (parts per million) of maximum sulfur content. Exclusive to Petrobras service stations.

Its composition also contains a package of specially developed additives that keep the injection system clean and prevent the corrosion of metal engine parts, which translates into lower maintenance costs and longer equipment life, as well as foam formation reduction when you top the fuel tank up.

Another advantage of the Petrobras Podium Diesel fuel is that, as it is the only one with a double filtration system available at service stations, it removes solid particles and water when it is time to fill the tank.

To ensure the best performance of your vehicle’s engine, and to reduce the speed resumption time, refuel regularly with Petrobras Podium Diesel fuel.

Petrobras Grid Diesel

The treatment your engine deserves

The Petrobras Grid Diesel fuel is sold in two versions:

Petrobras Grid S-10 Diesel fuel, for engines manufactured from 2012, with a minimum cetane* number of 48 and a maximum sulfur content of 10 mg/kg or ppm (parts per million), equal to the regular S-10 diesel.

Petrobras Grid S-500 Diesel fuel, for engines manufactured until 2011, with a minimum cetane number of 42 and a maximum sulfur content 500 mg/kg or ppm (parts per million), equal to the regular S-500 diesel.

Their compositions contain an additive package specially developed with a defoamer, which reduces the filling time, and detergents and dispersants, which help to keep the engine clean.

S-10 Diesel

Diesel S-10, which contains the equivalent of a maximum sulfur content of 10 milligrams per 1,000,000 milligrams of the product (10 parts per million), is suitable for the new emission control technologies used in the new diesel engines manufactured from 2012. It allows for the reduction of particulate matter emissions by 80% and of nitrogen oxides by up to 98%. It also has a 48 cetane number (a measure of the quality of the diesel fuel), affording any vehicle, even those manufactured before 2012, improved engine conservation and maintenance cost reductions.

S-500 Diesel

The S-500 automotive diesel fuel is so called because it contains a maximum of 500 mg/kg or ppm (parts per million) of sulfur content, known at the service stations as regular diesel and suitable for the immense fleet of diesel-fired vehicles manufactured before January 1, 2012.


As a part of our biodiesel studies, we created a program that covers technological development, commercial production, and product availability at our service stations.

Biodiesel is a biodegradable fuel derived from renewable sources, which can be obtained by means of several processes. It can be made from animal fat or vegetable oils, and there are dozens of species of plants in Brazil that can be used, such as castor beans, dende palm, sunflower seeds, babaçu, peanuts, jatropha, and soybeans, among others. It can also be produced from animal fats, such as beef tallow.

It´s usage substitutes, in full or in part, for diesel fuel in truck, tractor, car, power and heat generator engines, among others.

Pure biodiesel, called B100, is added to diesel fuel to partially replace diesel fuel in various proportions. The content of the biodiesel blend on the Brazilian market is determined by the government agency that comprises several ministries, the National Energy Policy Council - CNPE, headed by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. This blend is used as S-10 and S-500 diesel fuels to fire truck, tractor, automobile, and power and heat generator engines, among others.

*property that indicates combustion quality