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Tanzania: GCLA and TBS at Odds over Petrol Sample Results

The Government Chemist Laboratory Agency and the Tanzania Bureau of Standards have been asked to figure out what went wrong when they both tested the same petrol sample for ethanol content and came up with different results, despite both using the same agency, Augusta Energy in Switzerland. The issue could affect all petrol imported between January and March, said an official from the country’s Ministry for Energy and Minerals in an interview with local media. One of the samples – the one taken by the GCLA – is above the country’s ceiling for ethanol content. 


Pakistan: Regulator Signals Action Against Marketers

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) of Pakistan has said that it will take action against oil marketing companies and fuel service station owners following a spate of complaints about adulterated fuel, underfilling, overcharging and supply shortages. The agency is inviting consumers to lodge complaints about underfilling and low quality fuel to District Coordination Officers (DCOs) or labour inspectors of their respective districts.


Algeria: Sonatrach Expects to Import 2.5m Tonnes of Fuel in 2012

Algeria’s national energy company has said that it expects the country to import around 2.5m tonnes of fuel this year, 200,000 more than last year, putting more pressure on Sonatrach to produce more fuel to in order keep up with demand. Algeria used up 2.3m tonnes of imported oil last year – a bill of more than $2bn for Sonatrach. 

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