Petrol Stations Caught up Selling Diluted Fuel
EARP has caught 12 petrol stations that have been selling diluted fuel since fuel prices increased.
The hike in fuel price has led some petrol stations into fuel adulteration. The Energy & Petroleum Regulatory Body (EPRA) on 30th March 30, gave a list of 12 petrol stations that had been caught selling diluted fuel or fuel bound for export for a period of three months from January 2021.
"During the period January - March 2021, a total of 5,536 tests were conducted at 1,182 petroleum sites. From the tests, 98.99% of the sites were found to be compliant. However, tests from Twelve (12) sites turned out to be non-compliant," EPRA revealed.
Most of the petrol stations were found to be offering for sale Diesel or Petrol containing high sulfur content - which has a negative impact on the effectiveness of emission control systems.
The 12 stations caught by the authorities are:
- Rani Filling Station - Embu
- Zams Filling Station - Nyamir
- Half Moon Filling Station - Nakuru
- Nyatieko Filling Station - Kisii
- BM Kanyakine Filling Station - Meru
- Kuwait Filling Station - Murang'a
- Northstar Energy Service Station - Wajir
- Jire's Filling Station - Trans Nzoia
- Eagle Filling Station - Busia
- Lexo Energy Busia Service Station - Busia
- Quality Energy Service Station - Mandera
- Mohamed Kosman Service Station - Mandera
EPRA has closed the pumps and fined some petrol stations up to Ksh 560,000 in taxes and penalties to have the pumps reopened.
The public has been asked to report suspected cases of petroleum fuel adulteration or export dumping through the hotline number (0708444000) as well as use the Authority's USSD Code (*363#) and SMS service code (40850).