Energy dept intensifies inspection of gas stations for consumer protection

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered the inspection of liquid petroleum products in gasoline stations and retail outlets nationwide to test the presence of methanol in these products and to see if they comply with Philippine National Standards (PNS) for fuels.

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Undersecretary Donato Marcos and Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) OIC, Director MelitaObillo, along with senior research specialists, led the inspection of fuel quantity and quality using the department's Mobile Monitoring and Testing Lab (MMTL) van.

Earlier, the department shared the information that contrary to the national standards for petroleum products, methanol is being used instead of ethanol. The presence of methanol in the gasoline can harm and corrode the engine.

In performing the inspection, the OIMB applied the standard operating procedures in sampling and testing to determine the compliance of petroleum products.

Further confirmation is being done in the geoscientific research and testing laboratories under the department's Energy Research and Testing Laboratories in its headquarters in Taguig.

Cusi said that initially, inspection results showed that all gasoline samples passed the calibration test for teh quantity of fuels.

"But for quality, only one sample is still being confirmed for having methanol at the DOE laboratory," he said. "We see the need to intensify this campaign to further protect the consumer. That is why this activity is simultaneously being done nationwide through the DOE's Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao field offices."

Cusi assured consumers that these activities will continue to ensure that fuels sold in the market comply with set standards.

He also called on the public to remain vigilant and report unscrupulous activities to info@doe.gov.ph.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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