Uganda: Fuel Quality Compliance Now At 99%

Kampala — Adulterated fuel on the market has drastically reduced due to improved quality compliance, which now stands 99 per cent, according to Uganda National Bureau of Standards.

According to Mr David Livingstone, the deputy executive director, management and financial services UNBS, fuel adulteration has reduced significantly over the past years.

"Fuel compliance has significantly improved now, we are talking of compliance levels of 99 per cent, which is very good," he said.

Fuel adulteration is the mixing of petrol with foreign components, especially kerosene in a bid to increase its quantity.

Compliance to fuel standards, which stood at 32 per cent in 2007, has since increased by 67 per cent and is now 99 per cent.

Mr Charles Agaba, the petroleum officer at the Ministry of Energy attributed the rise in compliance levels to concerted efforts by government through the fuel marking and quality programme.

The discussion was held on Tuesday in Kampala at a week-long fuel marking sensitisation campaign organised by the Ministry of Energy and UNBS in Kampala.

Whereas quality of fuel has improved, the sector is still grappling with faulty fuel pumps.

Mr Livingstone said that UNBS carries out inspections every after six months aimed at determining how fuel pumps are authenticated in the market.

"Our enforcement has been tremendously strengthened with the possibility of mobile laboratories where we can have instant results on any facility we visit," he said.

Reduced cheating

The likelihood of a fuel pump cheating a customer has become rare. According to Mr Charles Agaba, customers must now pay attention to ensure that the right amount is keyed in by the pump attendant.

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