How substandard fuel was imported into Nigeria — NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited provided the names of the firms it said were responsible for importing adulterated petrol into the country.

The government said it found methanol in recently imported fuel at levels far higher than allowed. This has led to fuel scarcity in major cities of the country, and a 10-day shortage in national fuel reserve capacity.

The NNPC, which manages fuel imports through the government’s Direct-Sale-Direct-Purchase vendors, said on Wednesday that the fuel came from Antwerp in Belgium.

It listed the vendors as MRS, Oando, Duke Oil and Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium.

This development came after the federal government on Wednesday said it would carry out a major investigation to knoaw the circumstances surrounding the importation of adulterated fuel into the country.

The NNPC boss said quality inspectors initially failed to detect the high level of methanol at the point of arrival in Nigeria because officials do it usually check for methanol.

“On 20th January 2022, NNPC received a report from our quality inspector on the presence of emulsion particles in PMS cargoes shipped to Nigeria from Antwerp-Belgium,” he said.

“Cargoes quality certificates issued at load port (Antwerp-Belgium) by AmSpec Belgium indicate that the gasoline complied with Nigerian Specification.

“The NNPC quality inspectors including GMO, SGS, GeoChem and G&G conducted tests before discharge and also showed that the gasoline met Nigerian specification.

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