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EPRA closes down 18 petrol stations selling adultered fuel (LIST)

Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) shut down 18 fuel stations in a crackdown aimed at stations selling adulterated fuel.

The 18 stations were found to have been selling drivers various fuel products tainted with impurities, according to a notice published by the EPRA. 

Super Petrol and Diesel were identified as the most frequently offered counterfeit goods to gullible consumers.

EPRA noted that the closures were informed by an analysis of the fuel products sold at the stations across the country.

Tharaka Nithi, Homa Bay, Embu, Kajiado, Kamega, Taita Taveta, Nandi, Nakuru, Laikipia, Baringo, and Siaya were among the stations that were impacted.

The stations were shut down in three months, beginning in October 2023, according to EPRA.

“EPRA is mandated under Section 92 of the Petroleum Act 2019 to monitor petroleum products offered for sale in the local market to prevent motor fuel adulteration or dumping of export-bound fuels.

“During the period October-December 2023, a total of 7.114 tests were conducted at 1600 petroleum sites. From the tests. 1,574 (98.38 percent) of the sites were found to be compliant. However, tests from 26 (1.62 percent) sites turned out to be non-compliant,” read the notice in part.

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Additionally, EPRA also demolished an unlicensed fuel site in Bungoma County. It was noted that the site had Kerosene that was meant to be exported to other countries.

Following the operation, EPRA confiscated the fuel that was at the site.

On the other hand, some business individuals were also fined millions after it was established that their trucks were operating in unlicensed sites.

One station was fined Ksh3 million after EPRA confiscated and disposed of its fuel. 

Meanwhile, EPRA also noted that eight gas stations were temporarily closed down during the raid. 

The stations mostly located within Nairobi and Kiambu counties were refilling cylinders without the authorization of the parent gas companies.

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