What is Alkylate Fuel?

The name alkylate comes from the word alkylation, which is the name of the process by which the raw alkylate is produced.

From gas to liquid
Alkylate is a synthetically produced petrol component. The alkylation process takes place at oil refineries. Alkylate is formed from the excess gases produced in the distillation of crude oil and oil cracking.

Alkylate is one of the cleanest petroleum products that can be produced. It is composed of up to 10 different components while regular petrol can contain 350 different components.

The majority of alkylate produced in the world is used in regular pump fuel because it is free from aromatics and olefins. This helps to bring the fuel within the specifications which are allowed to be sold on the forecourts.

The story behind Aspen Alkylate Fuel

Roland Elmäng founded the Aspen company in 1988 on the shore of lake Aspen, north of Gothenburg in Sweden. He had the idea to produce a better fuel for chainsaws when he read an article in the Swedish newspaper “Skogen” about the problems faced by forest workers exposed to exhaust fumes from chainsaws and brushcutters.

He realised there were fuel components that would work much better – both for people and machines. The introduction of alkylate resulted in dramatically improved working environment for the Swedish forestry workers.

To begin with, Aspen was only available as a premixed 2-stroke version “Aspen 2T”, but demand for a cleaner fuel for engines which didn’t require a fuel/oil mix meant that Aspen 4T was created.

These fuels are now marketed as Aspen 2 and Aspen 4, and over 400 million litres has been sold worldwide.

Aspen works in all countries with the same mission: To develop, market and distribute fuels with unique benefits, and which reduce the negative effects for people, machines and the environment. Focusing on all users of smaller engines, they want customers and partners to gain experience in their cooperation. Their method is characterised by care, simplicity, and continual development.

Anglo American Oil Company, distributor for the UK

A family business founded in 1999 by Anders Hildebrand specialising in fuel and oil products. Anders, being of Swedish origin, knew all about Aspen and was surprised at the lack of availability in the UK. When the opportunity arose to become the UK distributor, it was an obvious decision to make.

Now based in Poole, Dorset, Anglo American Oil Company boasts an impressive 1,536 square metre warehouse, distribution centre and office headquarters. From here Aspen is delivered to the 500 and growing retailers across the UK.

The story behind the packaging

Designed to be the most convenient size and shape for your use, the 5 litre cans store enough fuel to be practical throughout the day to day use of your equipment – it is small enough for you to carry and easy to pour.

It also meets all regulations. The quality of your Aspen Alkylate Petrol is guaranteed by the sealed cap and the indication of the batch number on the container. along with the batch number there the date of production is also included.  When used with the Fillpartner, it is the safest and easiest way to refuel your machine.


Aspen 2 FRT is in the red can and Aspen 4 is in the blue.  Using these distinguishable colours prevents fuelling errors. A common cause of machinery breakdowns is due to refuelling a machine with the wrong fuel. In the worst case, this could result in costly repairs or even buying a new machine. Avoid mistakes and make use of the colour.

There are special red and blue Aspen stickers available from your dealer that you can stick on your machine to help make sure you always refuel with the correct petrol!


The Aspen 5-litre can is clearly labelled with all of the information you need, including the hazard symbols. The sleeve is tightly wrapped around the can and will therefore last as long as the fuel does. Aspen is non-toxic and therefore does not need any environmental hazard symbols.

Aspen Alkylate Petrol does not bear the symbol “dangerous for the environment” which you will see on regular petrol and other alkylate fuels in the UK. Products with this symbol are toxic to aquatic organisms and can, for example, cause mortality of fish.


You can recycle your empty container. Simply make sure that the can is empty, and remove the lid and can sleeve. The cans are made from the same type of plastic as regular milk cartons and can be recycled wherever general plastics are accepted.

The canisters are not refilled, because according to the UN rules gasoline may only be transported in new containers. Where possible, we would always recommend up-cycling your cans to get all possible use from them before recycling.

Aspen Company values

We have a fantastic product. Aspen Alkylate Petrol is 99% cleaner than regular petrol – better for people, machine and environment. The fuel for people who demand the best. Our vision is to give as many people as possible the chance to use it.
Aspen endeavours to minimise the impact on the environment at all stages of the production process. When purchasing goods and services, Aspen actively endeavours to select products and services that have less of an impact on the environment.
Aspen will develop, manufacture, market and use products according to its business concept of ensuring that environmental impact is constantly reduced. Environmental legislation and other public authority requirements are treated as the lowest acceptable standards – Aspen strives to achieve higher levels of environmental care.


Where to buy Aspen Fuel & Accessories

Find your nearest Aspen Fuel stockist using our easy to use dealer locator. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you contact your chosen stockist to check availability and opening times before visiting them.

If you can't find a dealer near you, contact us for more information on  (+44) 01929 551557 (Ext 2)

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Where to buy Aspen Fuels

Find your nearest Aspen Fuel stockist using our easy to use Dealer locator. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you contact your nearest stockist to check stock before visiting them as stock levels may vary.

If you can't find a dealer near you, contact us for more information on (+44) 01929 551557 (Ext 2)

Find your Stockist