Kenyans Warned About Filling Stations Selling Contaminated Fuel

According to reports from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), Kenyans have been warned not to buy fuel from several filling stations across the country because the fuel is stated to be contaminated.

Kenyans Warned About Filling Stations Selling Contaminated Fuel

The EPRA went ahead and revealed the filling stations that have been noted to be selling the contaminated fuel to various motorists.

In a notice released on September 30, the regulatory authority noted that four stations distributed in different parts of the country were found selling contaminated fuel to their customers. 

"During the period July - September 2022, a total of 1,360 tests were conducted at 256 petroleum sites. From the tests, 98.44 percent of the sites were found to be compliant. However, tests from four sites turned out to be non-compliant," the EPRA notice read.

During the same time period, EPRA discovered one station selling liquefied petroleum gas cylinders without the proper licensing. In Nairobi, the station is located off Enterprise Road, Nairobi.

The case involving the station is still being investigated.

"Members of the public are requested to be vigilant and are encouraged to report any suspected cases of illegal trade of LPG in cylinders through the hotline number," EPRA noted.

In 2013 the stations that did not meet the threshold set under the Energy regulations were Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado, and Bungoma. 

How does contaminated fuel look like?

When looking keenly at the oil, you'll notice that the oil looks cloudy. This is an indication that the fuel has been contaminated with water.

Contaminated fuel will quickly clog the filter. Fuel pump failure due to water in the fuel: Water in the fuel can easily corrode fuel pump components, causing the pump to fail. Poor engine performance: Due to a clogged fuel filter, the engine may not receive enough fuel at times.

Contaminated fuel. PHOTO FILE

If your car is idle and you notice it sputtering, surging, or even stalling, it's possible that the fuel has become contaminated. Similarly, if it's difficult for you to start your car or if it consistently starts and then dies your fuel may contain water.