How Contaminated Petrol Triggered Nigeria’s Fresh Energy Crisis, Queues

Just days after recovering from the botched plan of a protest on anticipated subsidy removal on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, Nigerians slipped into another petrol scarcity which began early this month.

The queues have gotten worse since last week when the news of adulterated petrol supply spread across the nation. It was learnt that about 100 million litres of adulterated petrol was imported and supplied to retail outlets in Nigeria. 

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) confirmed that the shipment from Belgium contained a higher level of methanol than the Nigerian specification for petrol which prompted the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC), the sole importer of petrol, to withdraw the bad product and supply quality product.

NNPC later admitted that its inspectors tested and certified all the imported cargoes of petrol but that the test was not for methanol which was said to be higher in the product.

The Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of NNPC Ltd, Mallam Mele Kyari, gave further clarifications after meeting with some oil marketers to resolve the issues generated by the recent supply and discharge of the high methanol-blended petrol in some Nigerian depots.

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