Energy Ministry, UNBS urge self-regulation in fuel retail

By close of December 2023, 4,786 retail fuel stations were registered in the MEMD database and that the compliance rate is now at 99.5%

Summary:

  • The Ministry of Energy Mineral Development and Uganda National Bureau of Standards urge fuel station owners to comply with standards for setting up and operating fuel stations, emphasizing self-regulation.

The Ministry of Energy Mineral Development (MEMD) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) jointly urge fuel station owners to adhere to standards for setting up and operating fuel stations, as well as complying with petroleum product standards. The emphasis is on promoting self-regulation.

These directives were conveyed during the Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program (FMQMP) awareness campaign held in South-western Uganda, covering the districts of Ibanda, Ishaka, Rukungiri, Ntungamo, and Mbarara.

Mr. Nangalama Daniel Makayi, the UNBS Ag. Executive Director, stressed the importance of ethical practices and self-regulation among fuel dealers for both quality and quantity standards. He encouraged compliance with the shared quality requirements and standards specifications.

Mr. Nangalama called on local leaders to collaborate with MEMD and UNBS to enhance communication between fuel suppliers, consumers, and government bodies.

Mr. John Friday, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Monitoring and Inspection at MEMD, highlighted the government’s fuel marking program to ensure quality and consumer protection, resulting in a significant reduction in fuel adulteration to less than 1% in Uganda.

The Field Supervisor for FMQMP, Mr. Peter Kitimbo, revealed that as of December 2023, 4,786 retail fuel stations were registered in the MEMD database, achieving a compliance rate of 99.5%. He attributed this success to the innovations in FMQMP, supported by the Government of Uganda.

Mr. Kitimbo outlined challenges, including congestion and non-compliance issues, such as stations being located in road reserves or undersized areas. He urged fuel dealers to acquire standards and ensure compliance through self-regulation.

The UNBS website, https://webstore.unbs.go.ug, provides access to petroleum standards, including Infrastructure standards like US EAS 977: 2021: Petroleum industry — service stations and consumer installations.

The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program, implemented by the government, monitors petroleum product quality throughout Uganda’s supply chain. UNBS encourages the public to report any fraudulent practices by fuel stations to them using the Toll-Free line 0800133133.

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