By Agatha Chitumu

Daily Courier – The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority Tuesday allayed fears over some quantity of methanol discovered in supply chain of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as Petrol.

According to a press release, the quantity discovered is above Nigeria’s specification.

Methanol is a regular additive in Petrol and usually blended in an acceptable quantity.

In the press release, the authority hinted that the limited quantity of the impacted product has been isolated and withdrawn from the market, including the loaded trucks in transit to ensure vehicular and equipment safety,

In a related development, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has also said it has intensified efforts at increasing the supply of Petrol into the market in order to bridge any unforeseen supply gap.

“Our technical team in conjunction with NNPC Ltd and other industry stakeholders, will continue to monitor and ensure quality petroleum products are adequately supplied and distributed nationwide.

“The source supplier has been identified and further commercial and appropriate actions shall be taken by the Authority and NNPC Ltd.

“NNPC Ltd and all Oil Marketing Companies have been directed to sustain sufficient distribution of Petrol in all retail outlets nationwide,”