Nigeria releases new standards for imported petroleum products

*Petrol laden ships.

08 April 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja — The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has released new approved Nigerian Industrial Standards for petroleum products as part of efforts to reduce the sulphur content of fuels imported into Nigeria and other West African countries from Europe.

The development was communicated in a letter to Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, endorsed by Head of Department, Product Certification Directorate, Mr. Tersoo Orngudwem, on behalf of the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON.

“The approved reduction in the sulphur content of imported petroleum products is in line with standards accepted worldwide.

“I am also to inform you that recently approved Nigerian Industrial Standards for Petroleum Products, in which the specification for sulphur was reviewed downwards in line with the world trend is as follows: NIS: 116:2017 – Standard for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) – Sulphur Content – 150ppm (max); NIS: 949: 2017 – Standard for Diesel Fuel (AGO) – Sulphur content – 50ppm (max) and NIS: 949:2017 – Standard for Household Kerosene (HHK) – Sulphur Content – 150ppm (max),” part of the letter read.

In his reaction, the Executive Director, ANEEJ, David Ugolor described the development as a major breakthrough for Nigeria and ANEEJ, considering the allied negative implications of having one of the highest sulphur content fuels imported into the West African sub-region by unscrupulous importers.

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