NMDPRA Backs Marketers, Denies Importing Substandard Products

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has backed petroleum marketers, denying claims that they are importing substandard fuel into the country.

The regulatory body has also asked Nigerians not to panic over the “dirty fuel” allegations made by the Dangote Refinery.

This is as fuel marketers under the auspices of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN)), also denied their involvement in the importation of dirty petroleum products in the country.

Addressing journalists after a meeting with oil marketers and local refiners in Abuja, the Authority’s executive director, Distribution Systems, Storage and Retailing Infrastructure Ogbugo Ukoha, said the sulphur content in the fuel even in this June is not above the lawful limit.

He said, “There is no dirty fuel being brought in. I am giving you the statistics for June and that what we have on the average from the import have continued to go down from 200PPM of the average and now we have it below 50PPM (Parts Per Million) that is provided under the law.”

Ukoha also revealed that the Authority met on Tuesday with marketers and refiners to ensure a level playing field between independent marketers who import and local refiners to ensure supply stability within a stable price regime.

He recalled that Economics Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Heads of States in 2020 endorsed a declaration, adopting the African Fuel Roadmap that requires that certain products have as a minimum 50PPT per a million litres of sulphur.

Ukoha said while it encourages almost immediate enforcement, on import to comply with regards to standard, the same treaty deferred enforcement for local refiners up 31st December, 2024.
He also noted that despite the time for enforcement on local refineries is not due, the plants are complying on their own.

“And with the refineries there is no need to enforce that until the end of this year. But they themselves are already taking steps to see that is also guaranteed,” he said.
He noted that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) in 2021, section 318 also captured and upheld the ECOWAS treaty.

He recalled that Economics Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Heads of States in 2020 endorsed a declaration, adopting the African Fuel Roadmap that requires that certain products have as a minimum 50PPT per a million litres of sulphur.

Ukoha said while it encourages almost immediate enforcement, on import to comply with regards to standard, the same treaty deferred enforcement for local refiners up 31st December, 2024.
He also noted that despite the time for enforcement on local refineries is not due, the plants are complying on their own.

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