BREAKING; FG provides names of those who imported adulterated petrol into Nigeria
The federal government has listed the oil companies that imported adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into the country.
The government said the contaminated petrol had damaged many peoples’ vehicles and behind the ongoing long queues at filling stations in Abuja, Lagos and some other part of the country.
Kyari said the PMS was imported from Antwerp in Belgium with quality inspectors failing to detect the high level of methanol.
The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Mele Kyari, made this known while addressing reporters in Abuja on Wednesday over the continued scarcity of fuel in the country.
He said that the NNPC first got report on the presence of emulsion particles in cargoes shipped to Nigeria on January 20.
According to him, “NNPC investigation revealed the presence of Methanol in Four (4) PMS cargoes imported by the following DSDP suppliers namely:
“MRS MT Bow Pioneer LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium MT Tom Hilde; Oando MT Elka Apollon; Duke Oil MT Nord Gainer,” he said.
He noted that cargo quality certificates issued at load port (Antwerp-Belgium) by AmSpec Belgium showed the gasoline complied with Nigerian specification.
He stressed that NNPC quality inspectors, including GMO, SGS, GeoChem and G&G also conducted tests before discharge, adding that “The cargoes were equally certified by inspection agent appointed by the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.”
Kyari said the NNPC had ordered the quarantine of all un-evacuated volumes and the holding back of all the affected products in transit.
He further said that defaulting suppliers have been put on notice for remedial actions, while the state oil company and relevant agencies will take further actions in line with subsisting regulations.