Government names 75 pump stations selling impure fuel

Wednesday October 16 2019

Service.  A cyclist fuels at a pump station in

Service. A cyclist fuels at a pump station in Buikwe District. Seventy five pump stations are reported to be selling adulterated fuel over the last three months. PHOTO BY DENIS EDEMA 

By FREDERIC MUSISI

The Ministry of Energy and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) yesterday published a list of 75 fuel pump stations said to be selling adulterated fuel over the last three months.

According to a notice signed off by Rev Frank Tukwasibwe, the commissioner of Petroleum Supply department in the ministry, the 75 pump stations had failed the quarterly fuel marking exercise that distinguishes adulterated fuel from the unadulterated one.

Fuel marking is where a chemical code named marker, either T1 for petrol and diesel or T2 for kerosene, is put into fuel and through a testing process, adulterated fuel can be distinguished from the unadulterated one.
The notice indicated that in addition to penalties, the fuel stations in question had been sealed off by the ministry’s enforcement, and “will be unsealed after furnishing the commissioner with satisfactory remedial actions taken and a written undertaking of not committing such a default in the remaining period of their operating license.”

According to the circular, the pump stations in question are located in, among other districts, Wakiso, Masaka, Mayuge, Mbarara, Kyenjojo, and Ntungamo.
Wakiso and Masaka topped the list with many fuel pumps selling unadulterated fuel.
The fuel marking exercise was introduced in Uganda in 1999 by ministry of Energy working with fuel marketing companies.

The Petroleum Supply Act requires any person interested in the trade of (importation, exportation, transportation, storage, wholesale and retail of) petroleum products in Uganda to first obtain a license from the Commissioner for Petroleum Supply Department in the ministry. The same applies to anyone interested in constructing a petrol station. There are more than 2,000 fuel pump stations in the country, many of which do not meet the standards.

Officials have also continually complained about the inadequate manpower both in the ministry and UNBS to fully cover the country in terms of fuel marking. The exercise is also affected by the proliferation of new districts in the country which are not monitored.

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List of faulted Fuel Stations

1 July 2019
Alba F/S Nabitende – Iganga
Albertine Oils – Kibaale
BFPIS Nabirumba – Kamuli
Bretex F/S Kisita – Kibale
Bugodi F/S – Mayuge
Dipo Oils Maina – Mayuge
EkF/S Kiiwangala – Masaka
Ganda F/S – Bukomansimbi
GN Petroleum Bujuuko – Wakiso
Good Fuel F/S – Masaka
Ib2New F/S – Mayuge
Kampi Mem Bufulubi – Mayuge
Kash OilKinawa – Wakiso
Kifampa F/S 2- Sembabule
Kisozi F/S – Kamuli
Lwamata F/S – Lwamata
Mazima Fuel Point – Masaka
Mende F/S – Wakiso
Moka Energy Naluvule – Wakiso
Ndazabazzadde F/S – Wakiso
Nyahuka F/S-
Qundi F/S Kanyogoga – Wakiso
Sivan F/S Musiita – Mayuge
SLPetro Masaka – Masaka
SIPetroleum- Sembabule
Yombo F/S Kakindo – Kibale
Asiimu F/S – Kyenjojo
Bencom Oil Ganda – Wakiso
August 2019
Achievers F/S Lugongwe – Mubende
Arise F/S Kisalizi – Masindi
ASEnergies – Kamuli
BF Station Kisozi – Kamuli
Bulanga F/S – Mayuge
Dipo Oils Maina – Mayuge
Dnata F/P Bombo –Luweero
Eria Com Pet Kyamukama – Lwengo
Global Petroleum – Buikwe
Good Fuel F/S – Masaka
Hared Bugadde – Mayuge
Harid Kiyindi – Buikwe
J.KF/S Ndeba – Lyantonde
Kana Oils Massja – Mukono
Kigumba Buto SIS – Wakiso
Kyabi F/S Sembabule – Sembaule
Luke Petroleum Ndekye – Mitooma
AS Energies – Kamuli
BF Station Kisozi – Kamuli
Bulanga F/S – Mayuge
Dipo Oils Maina – Mayuge
Dnata F/P Bombo –Luweero
Eria Com Pet Kyamukama – Lwengo
REK Supplies – Kampala
S.D.T Oil Wayihna – Mayuge
SL Petro Masaka – Masaka
SL Petroleum Sembabule
Tin fls Kahunge – Kamwenge
September 2019
Big Horn F/S – Apac
Bugwara F/S – Kibaale
Ganda F/S – Wakiso
Gp Global Nasuuti – Mukono
Haridi Kiyindi – Buikwe
Haruna’s Oil Watuba
K.K Trust Oils – Kalamba
Kina F/S – Wakiso
Kiyindi F/S – Mukono
KK Trust Oil- Mityana
Kyamps F/S Ndekye – Rubirizi
Muhereza F/S Kihuna – Kibaale
Muhwezi F/S Buteraniro – Mbarara
Muta F/S Rwashameire – Ntungamo
Rich Fuels Kyamutunzi F/S – Kyenjojo
Rukungiri F/S – Rukungiri
Seka Energy Kiziri – Mukono
Tini Kyenjojo – Kyenjojo
Rapheal Sserugo F/S Kibaale

musisif@ug.nationmedia.com

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