OGRA to suspend license of OMCs based on Honda’s complaint

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ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulation Authority (OGRA) has received a report from the committee probing sale of adulterated petrol.

It was earlier reported that Honda had submitted a complaint that fuel suppliers including local units of Shell and Total as well as Pakistan State Oil (PSO) had added manganese to their gasoline.

However, Honda Pakistan was later issued a warning by Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) to take back its complaint about the sale of inferior-quality fuel or be ready to face legal consequences.

“Fuel being sold in the country is strictly in accordance with the approved specifications issued by the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Division,” a body representing Pakistan’s fuel suppliers said in a statement.

Meanwhile, OGRA has been investigating the complaint and based on the report of the inquiry, OGRA would initiate disciplinary action against oil marketing companies (OMCs) under the light of recommendations of the inquiry committee.

According to details, inquiry committee obtained samples from petrol pumps of different companies and got them tested from Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan. It should be recalled that Atlas Honda had informed OGRA about the sale of spurious RON-92 in the market.

Sources privy to the development told that OGRA might suspend the license of the OMCs involved in aforementioned illicit practice and slap hefty monetary penalties.

Sources further stated that oil-refineries are making petrol of EURO-II quality whereas new models of vehicles require EURO-III and EURO-IV.

When contacted, an official of Oil Companies and Advisory Committee denied the sale of spurious petrol.