Wednesday, December 01
10:55 AM

Ministry says no issue with fuel quality


Muscat – The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion has stated that laboratory tests conducted on samples collected from filling stations have shown that fuel available in the country conforms to applicable standards.

The ministry’s statement, however, has not satisfied many individuals who continue to complain about the quality of fuel.

Twitterati Muhammad al Zahranit said, “There are hundreds of citizens who have complained about the bad quality of fuel. I hope there is a neutral body to examine the quality.”

Another Twitterati, Rashed al Saidi, asked, “Why is there a consensus among citizens that fuel is of poor quality? Why was the announcement of results of samples taken last August delayed?”
Continuing a litany of questions, he asked, “For the sake of transparency and for the benefit of the public, can the ministry publish the results of the samples that were examined?”

Ibrahim al Mujaini tweeted that following the statement, car distributors in the sultanate should check the quality of fuel in order to protect themselves from customer complaints about low mileage.

In its statement, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion said, ‘We followed with great interest what is being circulated on the issue of fuel quality.

A joint meeting was held with the authorities concerned – the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, the Consumer Protection Authority and OQ Group. The ministry and OQ Group conducted tests separately in reliable independent laboratories on more than 90 samples taken from 45 filling stations from across Oman. The results showed that the fuel conformed to the applicable standards.’

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