Importers of fake PMS won’t go unpunished- NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has said firms that imported the recent adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol, into the country would not go unpunished.

In a statement signed by its Group General Manager- public affairs, Garba Deen Muhammad, pointed out that NNPC is working with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDRA) to take necessary actions in line with subsisting regulations.

Reassuring Nigerians of its capacity to restore sanity in the supply and distribution of quality PMS across the country within a short period, the Chief Executive Officer/ Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, pointed out that defaulting suppliers have been put on notice for remedial actions.

The statement, in parts, read: “Providing a graphic chronicle of the unfortunate incident, the NNPC CEO said that on 20th January 2022, the company received a report from its quality inspector on the presence of emulsion particles in PMS cargoes shipped to Nigeria from Antwerp-Belgium.

“He explained that NNPC investigation revealed the presence of Methanol in four PMS cargoes imported by the following Direct-Sale-Direct-Purchase (DSDP) suppliers as listed in the table below.

 

Importer           Vessel Name          Load Port

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 cargoes quality certificates issued at  loadport (Antwerp-Belgium) by AmSpec Belgium indicated that the gasoline complied with Nigerian Specification.

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

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

According to the statement, Kyari noted that as a standard practice for all PMS imports to Nigeria, the said cargoes were equally certified by an inspection agent appointed 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” Kyari stated.

Adding: “However, in order to prevent the distribution of the petrol, the NNPC CEO said the company promptly ordered the quarantine of all un-evacuated volumes and the holding back of all the affected products in transit (both truck & marine).

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