Adulterated petrol: MRS breaks silence

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Adulterated petrol: MRS breaks silence
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Majpr petroleum products marketer, MRS Oil Limited, has broken its silence over the importation of adulterated petrol into Nigeria and dustrubdistr of same across various outlets.

MRS, in a statement by its management, said it was not involved in the deliberate distribution of the adulterated fuel.

The statement reads: “It has come to the knowledge of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc (MRS or the Company) that “MRS” has been quoted, used speculatively on various social I

media platforms and in other national dailies as being solely responsible for the importation and distribution of substandard and contaminated
Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) in the country.
We want to reassure the public and all relevant authorities, that “MRS” is a responsible corporate citizen and will not be involved in the purchase,
importation, distribution or marketing of substandard petroleum products in Nigeria.
It is therefore necessary that any Media, reporting this false information which has resulted in the defamation of the Company’s brand and image,
must immediately refrain from doing so and endeavor to check the facts before printing unauthenticated information and statements, which would
affect the goodwill of the Company and the investing public.
For this reason the Management of MRS writes to inform the public of the facts which has resulted in product scarcity in the country:
Due to current subsidy regime, NNPC is the sole supplier of all PMS in Nigeria. Consequently, NNPC through their trading arm Duke Oil, supplied
a cargo of PMS purchased from international trader Litasco and delivered it with Motor Tanker (MT) Nord Gainer.
th th This vessel discharged in Apapa between the 24 and 30 of January, 2022 and the following Major Marketers with receiving quantities were the
recipients of the product:
OVH 10,000 mt
MRS 5,000 mt
NIPCO 5,958 mt
ARDOVA 6,000 mt
TOTAL 10,000 mt
As one of the beneficiaries, MRS received the product in its depot and distributed the product to only 8 of its stations in Lagos. Following delivery
into tank, it was observed that the product appeared hazy and dark; Management immediately directed that further sale(s) should be stopped and the
product isolated. Urgent steps were taken to analyze the product to determine the basis for its contamination,
The product analysis revealed that the PMS discharged by MT Nord Ganier had 20% methanol, which is an illegal substance in Nigeria. As a
Company, we are aware that alcohol/ethanol is not permitted to be mixed in PMS specification. We immediately informed NNPC, NMDPRA and
MOMAN and it was confirmed that other Members had similar experiences.

Adulterated petrol: MRS breaks silence

As at the time of this Press Release, “MRS” had a total of 350,000 litres in tank at the 8 stations; we await approval from NNPC and NMDPRAfor
the return of the product. The 8 stations have been isolated, but there are other tanks within the stations, which will receive uncontaminated product
for sale as soon as possible.
In view of the above, “MRS” will continue to work with NNPC and NMDPRA, for the evacuation of the contaminated product to NNPC, who is the
sole supplier of the product. We are aware that NNPC has taken necessary steps to reject further imports of this product from Litasco /Duke Oil
and/or any other trader, supplying fuels which contain ethanol/methanol into Nigeria.
The allegation reported against the Company that “MRS” imported contaminated products, is therefore mischievous, false and untrue. MRS is not
an importer of this contaminated PMS into the country, nor does “MRS” sell substandard products.
We are by this Press release, informing the Media and general public that all products currently dispensed/sold out of all MRS stations (with the
exception of the recent product received from NNPC), are on-spec and are of the highest quality.
We implore our esteemed customers to continue to patronize “MRS” stations nationwide, while we assure you that any and all product(s) currently
sold are not contaminated. ALLCONTAMINATED PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN ISOLATED AND WOULD NOTBE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC.”