Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has unearthed an illegal petroleum operations site at Lunga Lunga, industrial area, Nairobi.
The sector regulator has taken steps to dismantle the operation pending a public statement in the coming week.
Following investigations in parts of the area, EPRA officials confirmed that illegal activity had been taking place in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.
The crackdown is the latest in a series of counter-measures that have been taking place in recent months. The Authority has been making arrests in a bid to curb the adulteration of fuel and therefore the sale of substandard petroleum products to the public.
Section 95 of a Kenyan Law dubbed ‘Energy Act No. 12’ of 2006 requires that all petroleum products sold in Kenya must conform to the applicable Kenya standards.
“It is therefore an offence for any retail station owner, trader or importer to sell or import sub-standard petroleum products,” the EPRA said in an earlier statement.
To ensure that petroleum product sold in Kenya is not tampered with, the Authority marks all Kerosene sold in Kenya with an invisible marker. This is in line with a directive known as ‘Legal Notice No. 64’ of May, 2000, which made it mandatory for petroleum products destined for export or duty exempt institutions and domestic kerosene to be marked.
The government body samples motor fuels, including diesel and super petrol, from all retail petrol stations in Kenya to check for the presence of kerosene marker. Any petrol station owner, whose motor fuels are found with kerosene marker, will be deemed to have tampered with the quality and will therefore be required to pay penalties and fines to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
In light of recent developments, the Authority plans to hold a press briefing to demonstrate and further enlighten Kenyans on the magnitude of these illegal activities and the resultant dangers the public is exposed to by the unscrupulous operators of these sites.