‘Set standards for tank fuel storage’

30Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
‘Set standards for tank fuel storage’

ENERGY minister Dr Medard Kalemani has instructed the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to make sure the introduction of standard specifications for fuels such as petrol and diesel is done right at the fuel storage tanks instead of oil tankers to ensure that fuel distributed countrywide is of ...

quality standard, such that the government obtains appropriate taxes.

The minister issued this directive on Wednesday upon inspecting fuel storage tanks belonging to Camel Oil and Oil Com firms at Kurasini in Dar es Salaam. TBS experts were on the spot introducing standard specifications to oil tankers for fuel transport countrywide.

“I want you to start to specify the fuel in the storage tanks, and should not wait to fuel being pumped into oil tankers. Suppose they do that when you are not present, how will you know whether the fuel has the required specification standard?” the minister demanded.

Inspecting the Kurasini depots and raising the issue of introduction of specification standards was intended to satisfy himself whether TBS was doing its work appropriately in executing their mandate after the task was removed from a private contractor who was being paid 5bn/- per month, he stated.

“The government wishes to ensure that the fuel is of quality standard and that revenue is collected. We empower our own institutions to do the task instead of depending on people from outside,” he said.

The minister similarly directed the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to make sure there is adequate supervision of introduction of specification standards on fuel, underlining that TBS has responsibility to gauge the fuel but EWURA has to supervise the work to ensure TBS has done it properly.

TBS Director General Dr Athumani Ngenya assured the minister that TBS has the capacity for the introduction of specification standards on fuel in oil depots so that fuel distributed countrywide bears such standards.

In his inspection visit, the minister was accompanied by Sebastian Shana, the Acting Commissioner for Petrol and Gas in the ministry, along with heads of institutions like the Petroleum Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA) and EWURA

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