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The Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) will from Monday August 10, 2009 change the colour of premix fuel to blue. This is intended to help put a stop to the diversion of the commodity which is heavily subsidized and meant solely for use by the fishing community.

A statement signed by the Minister for Information, Mrs. Zita Okaikoi says all tankers will be loaded with the blue-coloured premix from Monday.
“The colourisation and other measures, including the conspicuous branding of all tankers that will be lifting premix from TOR will help stabilize supply and sanitise the industry.”

At a meeting attended by the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), TOR, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the National Premix Committee and the Ministries of Energy and Agriculture it was also agreed that OMCs will dedicate and boldly brand tankers for lifting premix from TOR.
The refinery, after an agreed date, will not load any tanker that is not branded ‘Premix’.

The statement explained that the branding of the tankers and the blue coloured premix will help members of the public to identify and report any tanker seen discharging at a fuel station other than a landing beach area. It also noted that the colouration will have no negative effect on the outboard motors.

According to Mrs. Okaikoi, it has also been agreed with the OMCs that electronic tracking devices will be fixed on all premix tankers to track and monitor their movements.

These measures have been taken because of the high cost of subsidy and the identified diversion of the commodity by some fuel station owners and tanker drivers. To ensure the success of the various measures, it has also been agreed that the NPA will send out field teams to ensure that the premix gets to the designated points.
“All these are expected to help normalize premix supply within the shortest possible time.”

Hon. Mrs. Zita S. OKAIKOI

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