The NNPC Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, has reassured Nigerians of its capacity to restore sanity in the supply and distribution of quality Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol across the country within a short period.
Dr Kyari made the pledge at the end of a meeting with some Oil Marketers on Thursday, 9th of February, 2022.
He stated that, the meeting was meant to resolve the issues generated by the recent supply and discharge of methanol blended petrol in some Nigerian depots.
He emphasized that defaulting suppliers had been put on notice for remedial actions and NNPC is working with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDRA) to take necessary actions in line with subsisting regulations.
Kyari, who provided a graphic chronicle of the unfortunate incident, 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
The NNPC Managing Director noted that cargoes quality certificates issued at load port (Antwerp-Belgium) by AmSpec Belgium indicated that the gasoline complied with Nigerian Specification.
Accordingly to him, “NNPC quality inspectors including GMO, SGS, GeoChem and G&G conducted tests before discharge also showed that the gasoline met Nigerian specification.
Kyari reiterated that as a standard practice for all PMS import to Nigeria, the said cargoes were equally certified by inspection agent appointed by the NMDRA.
The NNPC Managing Director however asserted that, it was important to note that, the usual quality inspection protocol employed in both the load port in Belgium and the discharge ports in Nigeria did not include the test for Percent methanol content and therefore the additive was not detected by our quality inspectors.
The NNPC CEO affirmed that, the company would promptly ordered the quarantine of all un-evacuated volumes and the holding back of all the affected products in transit (both truck & marine).