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EPRA exposes petrol stations selling adulterated fuel

EPRA exposes petrol stations selling adulterated fuel or non-compliant fuels in the local market.

On a public notice dated December 30, 2022, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) highlighted petrol stations that were selling adulterated or motor fuels intended for export in the local market.

“During the period Oct-Dec 2022, 5,044 tests were conducted at 1,040 petroleum sites.”

“From the tests, 1,033 (99.33 percent) sites were found to be compliant. However, tests from 7 sites (0.67 percent) turned out to be non-compliant,” EPRA revealed in the public notice.

Petrol stations selling adulterated fuel

Joy Filling Station at Kombani Junction in Kwale County was found offering for sale Super Petrol adulterated with domestic kerosene.

The pump station was consequently shut down but later reopened when it met EPRA regulations and paid a Ksh70,000 fine.

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Remuki Filling Station, Gitongo in Tharaka Nithi was found to be selling Super Petrol containing high Sulphur content. The pump has been closed until it complies with set standards by the authority.

“Jey-EM Filling Station, Ngara in Nairobi after tests revealed it was selling Diesel adulterated with domestic Kerosene.”

“The fuel also had a high Sulphur content and the station has been subsequently closed,” EPRA announced.

Another station that was closed but later reopened is Glorius Filling Station, Kwa Vonza in Kitui.

The station was selling super petrol adulterated with kerosene but rectified and paid a fine amounting to KSh150,000.

Another petrol station in Kitui County was found selling diesel meant for export. The Kwa Kalekye Filling Station fuel pumps were sealed and closed by EPRA.

In Meru, Jackson Thuranira Filling Station was closed after tests revealed that it was selling contaminated Super Petrol.

Other affected stations 

In September, EPRA flagged five petrol stations for non-compliance. Out of the five outlets, the regulator noted that three sold adulterated fuel while one dealt in fuel.

EPRA urged members of the public to report stations suspected to be selling adulterated fuel through a hotline number 070636600 or USSD code *363#. Alternatively, members of the public through SMS service code 40850.

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