Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has initiated a probe into the published allegation that some oil marketers in the country were selling Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) to airlines in Nigeria as aviation fuel.
On Wednesday, NCAA called a meeting of some domestic airlines and oil marketers as part of its probe of the allegation, made in a petition to the government by the umbrella Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the Association of Petroleum Products Marketers (APPM).
DPK is meant for domestic use, but the private Guardian newspaper reported Thursday that due to the rising cost of aviation fuel, also known as Jet-A1, some marketers have reportedly blended the product, which the government imports, to Jet-A1 and sold it to some unsuspecting airlines to run their aircraft.
It said the unscrupulous marketers were being motivated by the quest for jumbo profit, as kerosene, which sells for 50 naira (US$0.32) per litre, is sold as Jet-A1 at 152 naira (US$0.98) per litre.
According to aviation experts, using DPK as Jet-A1 could cause technical hitches in the engines of the affected airplanes.
Meanwhile, the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON), the umbrella body for Nigerian carriers, has called for a probe of the allegation which, it said, has dire consequences for the industry.
PANA reports that though no company was mentioned, in the report by The Guardian, in connection with the adulterated Jet-A1, an oil marketer on Thursday took a full page advertorial in some local newspapers to refute the allegation.
The SAHARA Group said it was 'dismayed' with the allegation that its subsidiary company, SO Aviation, was involved in the adulteration.
''All products supplied to airlines, international and indigenous, by SO Aviation strictly complies with Jet-A1 specifications as determined by AFQRJOS (the Aviation Fuel Quality Requirement for Jointly Operated Systems) and DESTAN standards,'' the company said.
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