… NNPC reassures Nigerians on fuel supply
…Promises corrective action against defaulting importers
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has reassured Nigerians of its ability to restore sanity in the supply and distribution of quality Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as gasoline across the country in a short time lapse.
NNPC Group Managing Director/General Manager, Mallam Mele Kyari, has pledged after a meeting with some petroleum distributors to address the issues generated by the recent supply and release of methanol blended gasoline in some Nigerian repositories.
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Kyari pointed out that the failing suppliers have been put on notice to take remedial action and that the NNPC is working with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDRA) to take the necessary action in accordance with the regulations.
Providing a graphic chronicle of the unfortunate incident, the CEO of NNPC said that on January 20, 2022, the company received a report from its quality inspector on the presence of emulsion particles in PMS shipments shipped to Nigeria from Antwerp- Belgium.
He explained that NNPC’s investigation revealed the presence of methanol in four shipments of PMS imported by the following direct selling and direct purchasing (DSDP) suppliers, as shown in the table below.
Importer Vessel name Port of loading
1 MRS — MT Bow Pioneer — LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium“
2 Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium —- MT Tom Hilde —- LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium“
3 Oando — MT Elka Apollon — LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium“
4 Duke Oil —– MT Nord Gainer —-Litasco Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium
He noted that cargo quality certificates issued at the port of loading (Antwerp-Belgium) by AmSpec Belgium indicated that the gasoline met the Nigerian specification.
“NNPC quality inspectors including GMO, SGS, GeoChem and G&G carried out tests prior to the release and also showed that the gasoline met Nigerian specifications,” he said.
Kyari noted that as standard practice for all imports of PMS into Nigeria, said shipments were also certified by an NMDRA-appointed inspection officer.
“It is important to note that the usual quality inspection protocol used in both the port of loading in Belgium and our ports of discharge in Nigeria does not include the test for percentage methanol content and that, therefore, the additive was not detected by our quality inspectors,” he said. . .
However, in order to prevent the distribution of gasoline, the CEO of NNPC said that the company promptly ordered the quarantine of all volumes not evacuated and the detention of all affected products in transit (truck and marine ).