NNPC Names Firms Involved Supply Of Substandard Petrol.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has identified four companies guilty for importing substandard petrol into the nation, resulting in a severe scarcity of the commodity throughout the country.
MRS (MT Bow Pioneer LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium); Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium (MT Tom Hilde – LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium); Oando (MT Elka Apollon – LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium); and Duke Oil (MT Elka Apollon – LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium) (MT Nord Gainer-LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium).
Duke Oil is a subsidiary of the NNPC Limited.
However, a statement issued by the Corporation on Thursday morning reassured Nigerians of the Corporation’s ability to restore normalcy in the supply and distribution of quality Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), better known as petrol, across the nation in a short period of time.
Mallam Mele Kyari, the Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director, made the assurance at the end of a meeting with major oil marketers to tackle the challenges caused by the recent supply and discharge of methanol mixed fuel at various Nigerian depots, according to the Corporation.
Kyari stressed that defaulting suppliers have been put on notice for corrective action, and that NNPC is collaborating with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDRA) to take the appropriate steps in accordance with existing rules.
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According to Kyari, who presented a graphic account of the sad occurrence, on January 20, 2022, the firm got a report from its quality inspector on the presence of emulsion particles in PMS shipments delivered to Nigeria from Antwerp, Belgium.
He said that a NNPC examination found the presence of Methanol in four PMS cargoes imported by the Direct-Sale-Direct-Purchase (DSDP) vendors listed below.
He stated that cargo quality certifications supplied by AmSpec Belgium at the load port (Antwerp-Belgium) confirmed that the gasoline met Nigerian specifications.
“NNPC quality inspectors including GMO, SGS, GeoChem, and G&G conducted tests before discharge also showed that the gasoline met Nigerian specifications,” he said.
Kyari stated that, as is customary for all PMS imports into Nigeria, the containers were also approved by an inspection agent assigned by the NMDRA.
“It is important to note that the usual quality inspection protocol employed in both the load port in Belgium and our discharge ports in Nigeria do not include the test for Percent methanol content and therefore the additive was not detected by our quality inspectors’’ he stated
However, in order to prevent the gasoline from being distributed, the NNPC CEO stated that the firm immediately ordered the quarantine of all un-evacuated quantities and the holding back of any concerned items in transit (both truck & marine).