Marketers Sell Kerosene, Black Oil Mixture As Diesel

As the scarcity of kerosene
continues to hit many
households in the country, some
fuel marketers are mixing the
product with black oil to get Automotive Gas Oil, popularly
known as diesel, our
correspondent has learnt.
Sources said the rise in the price
of diesel was responsible for the
development, which, according to them, has been on for some
time now.
The scarcity of kerosene, used
by many Nigerian households,
has resulted in up to 100 per
cent increase in its price, as it now sells for as much as N300
per litre in some parts of the
country.
One of the sources, who is an
official of an independent
marketing firm in Lagos, said “Since diesel price went up,
some marketers have been
mixing kerosene with black oil
to get diesel. They do this
because they want a cheap price
for diesel, between N150 and N160, which is not realistic now.
If depots are selling for as much
as N180 per litre, it is not realistic
for you to expect to buy AGO for
N135-N140.
“Also, black oil is cheap; by the time you mix it with kerosene, it
gives you a bigger volume of
diesel. Most people originally use
black oil for engine oil
production, and it is imported
like other chemicals.” When contacted for a comment,
the Deputy Manager, Public
Affairs, Department of Petroleum
Resources, Mr. George Ene-Ita,
said he was not aware of the
combination of kerosene and black oil to get diesel.
“If this is the case, then there is a
clear case of a breach of protocol
and contract, and you can rest
assure that the DPR will try to get
to the root of this aberration, find the culprits and bring them
to book,” he said.
The supply of kerosene by the
Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation through its
subsidiary, Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, which
marketers largely depend on for
the product, has reduced in
recent weeks.
The Executive Secretary, Major Oil
Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, in a
telephone interview with our
correspondent, said the foreign
exchange scarcity plaguing the
country was preventing
members of the group from importing kerosene.
He said, “For the Premium Motor
Spirit we are importing, the NNPC
is helping us with the dollars.
The NNPC has spoken to the
international oil companies; so, some of them are giving us the
dollars.
“Even the NNPC cannot combine
importation of everything
because where is the dollar? The
militants (attacking oil and gas facilities) are not allowing crude
to sell at the correct quantity
level that will bring in more
dollars.”