There is a growing fear that the over 1 million litres of alleged contaminated fuel could find its way into the market. Kenya Pipeline Company has not yet established what tainted the fuel which was already in its distribution facility.
The importer of the fuel Gulf African Petroleum (GAPCO), has already withdrawn the fuel, but it has not been established where it has been taken. Sections of the media had indicated that there were fears that the contaminated fuel could still find its way to the market and be put in use by motorists.
Questions have been posed on why KPC transported a product that does not meet local standards. It has also not been established whether taxpayers money will be used to pay the cost of transporting this fuel to and from Nairobi back to the refinery at Mombasa.
The fuel is not expected to be refined at the Mombasa refinery as it was imported in usable form as Super Petrol. The Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Pipeline Company have been put to task to ensure that the more than 600,000 litres of alleged contaminated fuel are not diverted into the local market by unscrupulous dealers.
Curiously, the importer Gulf African Petroleum (GAPCO), does not seem to have resisted the order to take back the fuel, which in itself portends massive financial loss, despite KPC’s admission that the contamination took place in its transport outlay.