Nigeria: Wrong Fuel – Our Imported Product Meets Nigerian Specifications – Duke Oil, Oando PLC

Two oil companies, Duke Oil and Oando Plc, have denied culpability in the importation of adulterated fuel that hit the country recently.

Appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) investigating the circumstances of the unhealthy situation yesterday, the companies said their product met the required Nigerian specifications.

In his presentation at the public hearing, the managing director of Duke Oil, Lawal Sade, said that the product imported by his company was certified as compliant at both the port of loading and the port of discharge by the competent authorities.

He, however, said he was informed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Limited a few hours after the spill that the product contained particulates which forced them to halt the process.

He said the product had since been quarantined, explaining to two committee members, Adedeji Olajide from Oyo State and Uche Nnam-Obi, who pointed out that they were responsible for the adulterated fuel.

Sade said: “The supply of PMS to NNPC on board the NPNote gariner, with IMO No. 947720 with bill of lading dated 7th January, just to give context as well, in November 2021 NNPC issued a request under from strategic replenishment to national energy security.

“Mr. President, yes there was a delivery of cargo by Duke Oil as you saw in the report and this cargo met the Nigerian specification as it is at both loading and unloading ports.

“There has been a confirmation by the Regulator who is the new Nigerian Intermediate Downstream Authority to discharge this cargo within the stipulated time frame.

“The cargo was unloaded and the vessel put to sea. It was just after 24 hours of operation that Duke Oil was informed by NNPC that there was a complaint from some of their customers that the cargo contained particles.

In his decision, the chairman of the committee, Abdullahi Gaya, asked the company to submit all relevant documents regarding their presentation, saying they could be invited back if necessary.

Earlier, Oando Plc representative Afanga Afanga who also appeared before the committee said that their product meets Nigerian specifications.

“In accordance with our direct purchase direct sales contract with NNPC, on January 16, 2022, we delivered 90 MT of PMS on board the vessel MT Elka Apollon. It is important to note that this PMS cargo that was supplied was in compliance and compliant with all Nigerian contractual specifications and DSDP.

“This was confirmed by the mandatory tests which were carried out at the port of loading in Europe and prior to discharge in Nigeria by independent quality inspectors from NNPC and finally by officers from the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority. it is on this basis that the cargo has been certified and accepted for discharge by NNPC.

“As the NNPC made clear last week when it was before this honorable committee, its current inspection protocol does not include testing for methanol content and was therefore not detected by the inspectors of the quality of the NNPC.”

“The most important thing at this stage for us is to work with NNPC as we are committed to ensuring that what is brought into the country is well addressed and the issues related to the situation are mitigated for Nigerians. gave assurances and we were also able to show that we were following the correct protocol that we followed and nothing was breached as alleged,” he said.

Ruling on the matter, the chairman of the committee asked the company to put themselves on hold as they might be invited back.

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