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Joint campaign of various Dubai Government entities to curb illegal trade in diesel

An ongoing joint inspection campaign organised by a committee of various Dubai government entities has fined several companies and agents involved in illegal trade of diesel.

The committee which comprises entities such as ESMA, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Department of Economic Development, Dubai Municipality, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Police and Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), is taking concerted action against violators.

The fines were imposed after several irregularities were found including non-conformance to the specifications and standards set by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA) and other associated safety and environmental preservation and storage standards. Other violations include trading without obtaining necessary permits from concerned authorities in the emirate.

Recent government reports suggest that there has been a rise in illegal diesel trade including diesel theft which has a negative impact on security as well as the environmental and economic aspects of the emirate. Dubai Police has worked swiftly in addressing this issue and followed-up by studying causes, identifying gaps and suggesting appropriate solutions to reduce this crime.

A decision by the UAE federal government has now made it mandatory for dealers and agents in the sector to use eco-friendly, ultra-low-sulphur ‘Green Diesel’ and to abide by established UAE Federal Health Safety and Environment regulations and the oil industry’s best practices.

All stakeholders have been briefed about the federal government’s decision and the resolution of the joint committee of Dubai governmental entities to take strong action against violators. Following this, the joint inspection campaign is being organised.

The surprise checks identified a number of companies violating norms by not conforming to the set specifications. The campaign will continue until it is clearly visible that all organisations in the oil sector adhere to the regulations and standards set by the UAE.

“We thank all the government entities and stakeholders for their support in activating the UAE Federal Cabinet decision no. 37 of 2013 which mandates the use of low-sulphur, eco-friendly diesel across the UAE and for their efforts to reduce illegal trade,” said Saeed Khoory, Chief Executive Officer of ENOC.

“ENOC is committed to working with the concerned authorities to curb illegal trading of diesel and taking prompt action against such vendors as their activities not only cause considerable economic losses but also leave a lasting detrimental impact on the environment. Using illegal and non-compliant diesel also leads to safety hazards and affects the nation’s reputation,” he added.

“The UAE Cabinet decision is a historic step towards achieving the ‘Green Economy for Green Development’ initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” explained Khoory. “The UAE is the first country in the region to approve the standards of diesel and strict measures must be taken to ensure compliance to the highest levels of safety, quality and commitment to environmental standards.”

Nader Al Fardan, Senior Manager of ENOC Industrial Products Marketing, said: “The response so far for this joint campaign to crack illegal diesel trade has been beyond our expectations. ENOC has been leading from the front when it comes to establishing benchmarks and with this successful initiative, we have further regulated the market for oil derivatives and curbed illegal activities that negatively affect the economy, environment and public health.”

ENOC was the first organisation in the region to announce the introduction of ‘Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel’ across its retail and commercial networks in the UAE. The service station staff members also advise customers on the benefits of the new diesel fuel. And in line with its commitment to the community, environment, health, safety and quality, ENOC is currently absorbing the additional cost involved in distributing the low-emission diesel.

The new standards set by ESMA fully comply with the Euro 5 standard ‘Green Diesel’ which serves to reduce harmful vehicle emissions significantly and helps promote a healthier environment for the country and its citizens.

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