Dubai makes progress in curbing illegal diesel trade

By Rajive Singh

DUBAI 6 March 2019: A joint task-force comprising six Dubai Government entities and Enoc Group is taking concerted efforts to curb illegal trade of diesel in Dubai, which has seen steady progress in recent months.

The task-force includes representatives of Dubai Economic Department, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma), Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and Enoc Group.

An estimated 38 percent of the companies inspected reported compliance with the guidelines set by Esma regarding the quality of diesel used.

Majority in Violation

Despite these reported improvements, the inspections revealed that 62 percent of companies are still in violation of the guidelines; and continue to use off specifications quality diesel.

Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Enoc Group CEO, said, “We extend our appreciation to all members of the joint task-force for carrying out inspections to curb the usage of compromised quality diesel, and thus putting an end to illegal diesel trade. With security and safety being a key pillar of the Dubai Plan 2021, it is imperative that we fulfill all obligations and ensure that only high-quality products are sold and used. This is important to the uphold the environmental, health and safety and health standards for the well-being of the nation and the community.”

Esma specifies that diesel used must comply with 10-PPM sulphur content and Euro 5 standard for diesel, which reduces harmful emissions significantly and helps promote a healthier environment for the country and its people. Enoc provides detailed lab reports for the diesel samples sourced from the companies inspected.

The inspections identified that several companies are still in violation of legal specifications set under the Federal Cabinet Decision.

Legal : Illegal

According to Federal Cabinet Decision No. 37 of 2013, organisations must only distribute ultra-low sulphur diesel, containing less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur. Illegal diesel contains more than 10 ppm of sulphur, which is a direct violation of UAE law.

Some of the inspected companies still failed to present the required certifications from the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, while others failed to show required employment permits and trade licenses to validate the nature of their operations and line of business. Other companies failed to comply with safety and security measures for diesel storage tanks.

In efforts to put in place a more comprehensive inspections process, Road Transport Authority checked diesel tankers on highways for environment health and safety, EHS, and vehicle registration, while the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation kept a clear record on drivers’ ID, visa and other necessary permits.

ENOC was the first to introduce ‘Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel’ across its retail and commercial networks in the UAE in 2014 as part of its commitment to promote sustainable development. The inspections will continue until it is clearly visible that all distributors adhere to the regulations and standards set by the UAE.

Dubai Gazette