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Imported adulterated fuel has been rectified, to be redistributed soon – MOMAN

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The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) says the adulterated petrol withdrawn from circulation weeks ago has been remediated.

MOMAN’s Executive Secretary, Clement Isong, on Thursday in Lagos, confirmed that the members of his association have almost completed the blending of the fuel which contained methanol above the allowed level.

“We are almost done with the blending of the off-spec petrol. For the majority of MOMAN members, we have almost finished the blending,” said Mr Using.
“We have successfully blended out the methanol and it is now on-spec.”

Five weeks ago, the bad imported petrol caused severe damages to vehicles and was subsequently withdrawn from circulation. The withdrawal created a supply gap which triggered scarcity of the product across the country.

The government had set up a technical committee of stakeholders in the downstream petroleum sector, to carry out the blending of the off-spec petrol, to comply with the acceptable standard.

Mr Isong noted that though the lingering scarcity of PMS was triggered by the withdrawal of the off-spec petrol from the market, other factors compounded the scarcity.

According to him, these include; the availability of PMS in the international market and the high cost of diesel, which have made transportation of petroleum products expensive for marketers.

He said: “There are other factors that came into play. So, to solve the problem, you need to supply about 150 per cent of your usual supply to the country for the queues to disappear.

“The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has ramped-up supply, and that is why the queues are disappearing.”

On the escalating prices of Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) and Jet A1 (Aviation fuel) in the country, Mr Isong noted that the ongoing hostilities between Russia and Ukraine and access to forex by marketers were responsible.

He said that the attack on Ukraine by Russia had led to an increase in the prices of crude oil and all its derivatives, including diesel and aviation fuel.

“That war that is ongoing has caused crude oil prices to go up worldwide. It has gotten as high as $130 per barrel. The problem simply is, even if you have the money, it is not so easy to find.

“Marketers are finding it difficult to source products and import them to the country.

“Then, there is the issue of accessing forex, which has been a bit challenging for marketers.

“So, when you add these two things together, you will understand why we are having this problem,” Mr Isong said.

Nigerians have been facing scarcity of petrol for weeks, with some filling stations hiking their pump price to N200 per litre.

Also, the price of diesel used by manufacturers to power their generators and the aviation fuel used by aircraft, have gone above N600 per litre in the last few days, due to the scarcity of the products.

(NAN)