A complaint was filed in November 2017 by Honda Atlas Cars against fuel suppliers including Shell, Total and PSO. The complaint said that these fuel companies add manganese to their gasoline which is damaging Honda engines. OGRA, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority then decided to investigate this complaint.
Well now upon investigation it seems that Honda complaint was true. The results have come from the tests that were conducted on the oil samples. The results show that there are chemicals used by the fuel suppliers in Pakistan to increase the Research Octane Number (RON).
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OGRA and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) did tests on the petrol samples they took. It was revealed that there are huge amounts of chemicals in the petrol. These chemicals are not just harmful to the vehicles they are also dangerous for the environment and human health. These chemicals are used by the oil firms to raise the RON value at a cheaper rate.
When Honda complained in Nov 2017, they said fuel suppliers have used manganese to increase Research Octane Number (RON) “used to grade petroleum and lower quality fuel up to the RON 92 grade required by regulatory standards.” After that OGRA spokesman Imran Ghaznavi said, “We have received a complaint from Honda, and the relevant department will look into the issue.” Honda had to end its 1.5-liter turbocharged Civic variant because the bad fuel quality affected the engine of the car.
When the complaint was lodged Shell spokesperson said, “Shell retail fuels comply with the MPNR Rules of April 2016 for local fuel specifications in Pakistan that do not specify any limit of manganese. All fuel imports are cleared by Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP), the government designated laboratory that is responsible for ensuring fuel import quality. Shell has also been advocating for stricter specifications for fuels, and we welcome any discussion on the matter with relevant authorities and OEMs.”
Similar statements came from other companies as well but now the truth has been revealed. Now let us see what action OGRA will take against the oil companies that are selling below quality fuel in Pakistan.