25 August 2014

Tanzania: EWURA Has No Role in Fuel Tanks Cleaning

FUEL tank cleaning is a responsibility of oil marketing companies which are required by law to maintain technical standards of their facilities and meet minimum fuel quality.

Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) Public Relations and Communications Manager, Titus Kaguo, told the 'Daily News' that although there is no law requiring oil marketing companies to use professional fuel tanks cleaning technology, there are International Petroleum Industry Best Practices which guide such an exercise.

"As Ewura we inspect all downstream oil facilities and quality of the product to ensure that these meet specific technical requirements as per the law and international petroleum industry best practices," said Mr Kaguo.

He said most oil marketing companies adhere to the law and internationally agreed best practices to avoid being penalised by the regulatory body which has a mandate to ensure quality of the fuel sold in the country, but also specifications of facilities to store the product.

"That's why we test against fuel combustion to make sure that fuel sold in the country meets required standards, but as to how companies clean their fuel tanks is not our business," he maintained.

The Ewura official further noted that it is true that there are residues which remain at the bottom of fuel tanks which affect the quality of fuel a mandatory minimum requirement for 15,000 litres of fuel at any given time in reserve tanks.

He said professional fuel tanks cleaning companies to liaise with oil marketing companies to offer their services other than pushing the regulator to play a role in such company to company business agreements.

Professional fuel tanks cleaning companies are accusing oil marketing companies of denying them to offer their services because of laxity in the law which does not make their activities mandatory.

"This is a professional activity which is very important to be backed by Ewura and the law because most vehicles are affected by dirty fuel," said a source who preferred not to be identified.


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