Tuesday, 26 March 2024

News — How Fuel Quality is Monitored in Eswatini

How Fuel Quality is Monitored in Eswatini
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Fuel is an essential part of our daily lives. There are many fuel products that we consume for domestic and business purposes. These include petrol, diesel and liquid petroleum gas. ESERA is mandated to ensure that the quality of fuel in the country is according to the right standards and specification and is safe for consumers. In today’s article, we speak about how the Authority monitors the quality of fuel in the country and the impact this has on the consumer.

ESERA has a vigorous program to monitor the compliance of Eswatini’s fuel to industry standards. This is to ensure that the quality of petroleum products in the country is according to the right standards as published by the Eswatini Standards Authority; the right industry approved specification and is safe for consumers. In this way, consumers of petrol, diesel and oil products in the country can rest assured that these products are safe for consumption.

 

It is crucial to highlight that fuel quality regulation needs to be combined with vehicle emissions standards, as the backbone of any country’s roadmap for reducing pollution from vehicles. Fuel Standards usually go through vigorous testing and approval from automobile manufacturers and fuel manufacturers before they can be adopted. This ensures that the standards are in accordance with the mechanical needs of the automobile machines including vehicles and other machines.

 

How Fuel Quality is Monitored in Eswatini
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The Authority has an inspection program that monitors the industry’s compliance to these standards. Through this program, ESERA’s quality inspectors sample fuel around the country, across the industry’s value chain; at the point of entry which are the boarder gates, the storage facilities for fuel in the country as well as the filling stations where consumers purchase fuel. Onsite, the inspectors monitor the fuel density and water content. Thereafter, they collect about 500ml of sample, following approved sampling techniques and equipment so to ensure that product integrity at the tanks is maintained. These samples are taken for testing.

 

The Regulator runs a testing laboratory for all petroleum products including petrol, diesel and oil. The Fuel Testing Laboratory was established to assist in providing objective evidence of compliance to fuel quality and standard adherent for Fuel imported into the country. Fuel samples collected by the Authority’s quality inspectors are tested at the fuel testing laboratory.

The Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority was established in terms of the Energy Regulatory Act of 2007. The Authority’s mandate is to ensure the security of supply, the quality of supply and the quality of services offered in Eswatini’s electricity industry and petroleum industry.

 

How Fuel Quality is Monitored in Eswatini
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