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Petrojam defends itself against bad gas accusations

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 9:01 AM
The Petrojam facility was ordered closed pending completion of the BSJ’s investigation into the alleged high unwashed gum content in fuel taken from two tanker wagons at the facility.

State-owned oil refinery Petrojam is moving to shrug off suggestions it has been distributing bad gas to marketing companies, saying none of the affected fuel came from its facilities.

Petrojam’s General Manager Howard Mollison says Petrojam was last Thursday issued a stop order by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) to cease sales of motor gasolene from the Montego Bay Loading Rack.

The facility was ordered closed pending completion of the BSJ’s investigation into the alleged high unwashed gum content in fuel taken from two tanker wagons at the facility.

Mollison says Petrojam complied, but there were no adverse findings and the stop order was withdrawn after the tests were completed.

Mollison also insists the company’s certification protocols are in accordance with the Government of Jamaica’s requirements and international industry best practices.

The opposition spokesman on energy, Robert Montague, has questioned the basis on which Petrojam’s facility was allowed to be reopened.

The authorities late last month ordered pumps at 17 service stations to be closed as a result, in the wake of reports, of bad fuel being sold by at least 26 stations across the island.

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has since appointed a private sector-led committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the petroleum trade in Jamaica and to make recommendations to protect the integrity of the trade.