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 engines.

We have produced and traded low sulfur content diesel since 2009. In 2013, the S-10 diesel, containing the extremely low sulfur content if 10 milligrams per 1,000,000 milligrams of the product (10 parts per million), replaced the S-50 Diesel.


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 770 1337

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know the types of automotive diesel we provide

Podium Diesel

To ensure top performance for your vehicle's engine, and to reduce the speed recovery time, fill your tank up regularly with Podium Diesel.

This diesel fuel is formed by special oil currents and has exclusive additives in it, which keep the injection system clean and reduce foaming when you fill your tank up. Podium Diesel has a maximum sulfur content of 10 ppm (parts per million), contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The product meets the requirements of the technologies used in the new diesel engines manufactured from 2012.

Another advantage of Podium Diesel is that, for being the only one with a double filtering system at the service stations, it removes the solid particles and the water during the tank filling procedure.

You can find the Podium Diesel fuel at select Petrobras service stations in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and in the cities of Curitiba, Paranaguá, Florianópolis, and Itajaí. An even greater quality assurance.

Petrobras Grid Diesel

The Petrobras Grid Diesel is synonymous with protection for your engine. The special additive package contained in its formula reduces deposit formation in the injection system and keeps the engine's metal parts from corroding, which means lower maintenance costs and a longer life for the equipment. Additionally, it also reduces foaming while tanking up.

The Petrobras Grid Diesel with Additives is an S-10/S-500 diesel added of an additive package designed to ensure maximum engine efficiency.

The additives and their benefits:

Detergent/dispersant: The detergent function reduces deposit formation on the injection system and prevents increased consumption and emissions over use. The dispersant function, meanwhile, prevents insoluble particle agglomeration and precipitation. Benefits: Better combustion; increased engine durability (low formation/less accumulation of waste); less frequent maintenance (reduced maintenance costs); air quality improvements by reducing the emission of polluting gases; increased filtration system useful life.

Anti-Corrosive: Prevents the corrosion of the metal parts of the fuel system, transfer lines and tanks caused by the possible presence of water. Benefit: protection against engine corrosion.

Antifoam: Reduced foaming while tanking up, allowing this operation to be done in a more suitable, faster manner, avoiding tank volume loss caused by foaming.

Demulsifier: Prevents emulsion with water, which improves the storage tank system drainage and cleaning process.

Petrobras Grid Diesel features:

  • Fuel coloration is colorless to yellowish, if it is S-10 diesel fuel (10 ppm of sulfur), and red if it is S500 diesel fuel (500 ppm sulfur). The color difference is a measure to prevent diesel fuel with a higher sulfur content from being marketed as S-10 diesel;
  • If the fuel is S-500 diesel, the product has a cetane number of at least 42, while it is of at least 48 if it is S-10 diesel fuel;
  • The additive line can be found at Petrobras service stations with this sulfur content: 10 ppm (S-10) or 500 ppm;
  • The use of S-10 diesel (with or without additives) has been required for vehicles manufactured since January 2012;
  • Vehicles produced until December 2011 may use the diesel with 500-ppm sulfur (with or without additives) or S-10 diesel (with or without additives).

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.

Petrobras Distribuidora has the largest network of stations offering S-10 Diesel.

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

It can be used pure or blended with diesel at several proportions. The current biodiesel blend with diesel fuel in the Brazilian market is 7%, the so-called B7. Pure biodiesel is called B100.

This product complies with the National Petroleum Agency (NPA) specifications, which are unique to the Brazilian market and have different equivalences for the other countries.