The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority(NMDPRA) has confirmed that some quantity of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) commonly known as Petrol with methanol quantities above Nigeria’s specification was discovered in the supply chain.
This was contained in a statement obtained by EnergyDay from the Authority on Tuesday.
EnergyDay had earlier reported that major parts of Lagos and Victoria Island and Lekki witnessed fuel scarcity as majority of the filling stations in that axis of Lagos state recorded long queues of motorists causing traffic jams due to supply challenge caused by contaminated petrol in circulation.
According to NMDPRA, Methanol is regular additive in petrol and usually blended in an acceptable quantity.
The Authority said, “To ensure vehicles and equipment safety , the limited quantity of the impacted products has been isolated and withdrawn from the market including the loaded trucks in transit.
“Our technical team in conjunction with NNPC Ltd and other industry stakeholders will continue to monitor and ensure quality petroleum products are adequately supplied and distributed nationwide.
“The source supplier has been identified and further commercial and appropriate actions shall be taken by the Authority and NNPC Ltd.
“NNPC ltd and Oil Marketing companies have been directed to sustain sufficient distribution of petrol in all retain outlets nationwide.
NMDPRA however disclosed that NNPC has intensified efforts at increasing the supply of petrol into the market in order to bridge any unforeseen supply gap.