KPC Managing Director Selest Kilinda said the allegations of contamination came out of a procedure that is common when super petrol and diesel mix in the pipeline forming a product called slop.
However, when KPC received 76,213,309 litters of petrol from GAPCO in April, the batch contained an excess amount of the super and diesel mix.
“There is no fuel that has been contaminated. This is a mixture of two products which is in excess. Though we use this kind of product, we don’t have space for it,” he said.
As a result, Kilinda said KPC requested clearance from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to return the excess product amounting 600,000 litters to GAPCO, a process that has been delayed since Tuesday last week.
“This process, since it rarely takes place, KRA was grappling with it, and they have now agreed to release 330 litters. We have loaded 13 trucks out of the expected 20 trucks,” he said.
Since KPC is a bonded warehouse under the Transport and Storage Agreement it cannot release any petroleum product without clearance from the KRA.
The MD said the 600,000 litter mixture did not meet the KPC’s requirement for absorption and thus was rejected, adding that cases of contamination within the pipeline system are virtually impossible.
“Products that mix within the Kenya Pipeline system are not considered as contamination. If you put two liquids together, as they flow, you get a section where they mix, we call it slop,” he said.
Fuel usually travels at 880 cubic meters per hour between Mombasa and Nairobi.
Kipevu Oil Storage Facility in Mombasa, KPC’s largest storage facility has a total capacity of 326,233 cubic meters (M3), currently holding 132,075 M3 of pumpable volume.
Nairobi Terminal holds 100,580 M3 with a current pumpable volume of 51,454.