NNPC threatens sanctions against the erring companies
As the nation grapples with contaminated petrol which has resulted in scarcity in virtually in all the states, fresh facts have emerged about the importers of the adulterated commodity.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd has revealed that MRS, Oando and two other oil companies imported the Methanol- blended petrol into the country.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC Ltd, Malam Mele Kyari, told a media briefing on Wednesday night that the Methanol- blended petrol was imported into the country by the suppliers through four Premium Motor Spirit cargoes under its Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement.
According to him, the DSDP arrangement is part of strategies by the NNPC to ensure sustained supply of petroleum products in the country.
“We wish to update our customers and the public on the ongoing efforts by NNPC and other stakeholders to resolve the issues generated by the unfortunate supply and discharge of methanol blended gasoline (PMS) in some Nigerian depots.
“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.
“NNPC investigation revealed the presence of Methanol in Four (4) PMS cargoes imported by the following DSDP suppliers namely MRS, , Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, Oando, Duke Oil.
“Cargoes quality certificates issued at loadport (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 also showed that the gasoline met Nigerian specification,’’ Kyari said.
The DSDP is an arrangement that allows the NNPC to deliver monthly crude oil lifting on Free on Board (FOB) basis to supplier who shall in return, deliver petroleum products of Nigerian standard specification to NNPC on Delivered at Place (DAP) basis, at designated safe port(s) in Nigeria.
The petroleum products to be delivered will be equivalent in value to the crude oil received from the NNPC subject to the general terms and conditions as would be advised to successful companies subsequently via Term Sheet (TS).
The four companies that supplied the methanol blended petrol are MRS which made the importation through a vessel named MT Bow Pioneer, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium through vessel identified as MT Tom Hilde, Oando through a vessel named MT Elka Apollon, and Duke Oil through MT Nord Gainer vessel.
Persecondnews recalls that earlier, MRS had issued a statement claiming that the NNPC imported the bad petrol.
In a statement by the Managing Director, Marco Storari, it said:“MRS will continue to work with NNPC and NMDPRA, for the evacuation of the contaminated product to NNPC, who is the sole supplier of the product.
“The allegation reported against the Company that MRS imported contaminated products, is therefore mischievous, false and untrue. MRS is not an importer of this contaminated PMS into the country, nor does MRS sell substandard products.”
But Kyari said all the suppliers of the contaminated petrol have been put on notice for “remedial actions.’’
“All defaulting suppliers have been put on notice for remedial actions and NNPC will work with the authority to take further necessary actions in line with subsisting regulations.
“The NNPC will work with the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (MDPRA) to take further necessary actions in line with subsisting regulations.
“As a standard practice for all PMS import to Nigeria, the cargoes were equally certified by inspection agent appointed by the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority has met 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.
“In order to prevent the distribution of the petrol, we have ordered the quarantine of all un-evacuated volumes and the holding back of all the affected products in transit (both truck & marine),’’ the NNPC boss said.
Persecondnews also recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari, irked by the development, had directed that MDPRA be queried.