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Could anyone who has been in Ghana recently remember if they have seen unleaded petrol for sale. I will be using a petrol stove which runs much better if it can get unleaded and this time i will be carrying a Honda 4 stroke generator with alternator to keep my fridge battery topped up when not travelling. Honda state only unleaded for this. At the moment it looks as if the last place on my route where i can get unleaded is Morocco and western sahara. At worst I could stock up there, but if i can get some in any of the following: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso and most importantly Ghana it would help a lot.
All advice i have seen so far states no unleaded in West Africa at all. So i really need info from people who have travelled overland via my intended route to give an update please.
Hi Dougie, i did a search for "unleaded" in sub saharan Africa and it mentioned there was none in WA. Where have you found it mate?.
Sorry it didnt say that. What i was reading was the long post about prices of fuel in africa and so when i didnt see a mention of unleaded in other than Morocco western sahara Tunisia etc i assumed it still wasnt available elswhere..
hmm.. pretty sure I was putting unleaded in the tank. Morocco, Mauri, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Burkina, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad. Apart from one stretch in Mauri, it was every 200 miles at least.
2005, but I doubt they'll have taken the pumps away.
"Sans plomb" is readily available in Morocco yes. After that, I have no idea where DougieB got his fuel. Because when I was there less than a year ago, "sans plomb ?" would always be followed by a shaking of heads.
Didn't go to Ghana so I wouldn't know about the situation there.
prepared to be correct. but then that leaves me thinking leaded or unleaded, it makes no difference to a bike engine. as the number of newer bikes (which have been unleaded for years anyway) riding through west africa is quite high. Do KTM's (togo?) really run on four-star? are we getting confused with low-octane and 95 octane unleaded?
although I'm pretty sure Dakhla and the end of the Tambacounda/Bamako stretch I had a sans plomb conversation and got some. though I never tasted it, and a green labelled pump with sans plomb writing doesn't actually mean that's what's pumping into your tank.
In Morocco you can buy both unleaded and leaded because the Moroccans, along with a few other North African states havent yet banned leaded petrol. In principle most of the fuel you buy in West Africa should therefore be unleaded, although not always of good quality. You will often also get large variations in the octane rating outside capital cities. Most pumps will also not make any mention of unleaded fuel and will only display the sign 'essence'.
Hence the reason you generally always get a blank look if you ask for 'sans plumb' is because there is no choice - it should IN PRINCIPLE only be unleaded. Although as Dougie correctly mentioned, often you will have no idea of what is actually flowing into your tank.....
so, for the people who didn't manage to find unleaded and therefore drove through west africa (4000/6000 miles?) on leaded. What did you drive, what happened to your valve seats?
Agree with Matt as to why 'sans plomb' would get blank stares, if as we suspect it all is lead free. I think in WA you tend to look for high octane ratings as the primary piece of information about the fuel you're buying. Which is nothing to do with lead.
confused.... surely there must be someone in WA right now, photo of a petrol pump (at a station, not a roadside glass jar)?
"Following a meeting in Nairobi on 17 October, three additional Sub-Saharan nations have become the latest to join an effort to rid the continent of leaded road vehicle fuel. Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mauritania have announced that they have set a date of January 2004 for phasing out lead from their fuel.
The continent is now on track for a complete phase out by 2005 or early 2006 in the case of some countries, such as South Africa. The move is being orchestrated by the Partnership for Clean Vehicles and Fuels, founded at the August 2002 World Summit on Sustainability held in Johannesburg (see related story). The group's members have pledged nearly US$2.5 million for the project."
... it is of course possible that they have changed to UNLEADED fuel all over WA, without really knowing it themselves.
When I asked at the bigger petrol stations in Westsahara, I was told that there was only leaded fuel south of Al Ayoun. I discussed the same in Mali with a car mechanic. And when I asked at one of the biggest overland stores in Germany, they told me the same.
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