The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given reasons why it suspended five oil companies supplying Jet A1 across the country.
NCAA had explained that over the years, airlines had complained of adulterated fuel traced to some of these marketers which have no adequate storage facilities with the consequence that residues capable of damaging engines of their aircraft are left behind. When such happens,apart from compromising safety leading to unnecessary loss of lives, airline operators spend huge amounts fixing damaged engines especially in a country where there are no Maintenance, Repair Overhaul (MRO) facilities.
“It is our concern to ensure compliance to safety standard especially as their ban is linked to complaints from airlines about adulterated Jet A1, leaving residue on their aircraft,” Sam Adurogboye, NCAA’s spokesperson had said.
NCAA had directed five Oil marketing companies, Jushad Oil and Gas Limited, Lubcon Limited, Ascon Oil Company Limited, Acon Petroleum Limited and Star Orient Aviation Limited to stop supplying aviation fuel to airlines due to lack of depot facilities.
The spokesman of the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye who explained the situation said the complaints of adulterated aviation fuel increased and led the regulatory body to swing into action.
“The genesis was on account of complaints from Jet A1 end users about adulterated fuel. We moved in by carrying out an audit. We called in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to carry out further audit that led to the current decision. This is in the interest of safe operations by all the operators both local and foreign,” he said.
The regulatory body in a circular referenced: NCAA/DAW/AD. 1104/AOL052/VOL.1, dated November 9, 2015 and addressed to Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) with the title, “Notice of Suspension of Some Companies from Providing Aviation Fuel Supply Services to Airlines at Airports in Nigeria”, explained that the reason for the suspension was that the said companies did not have depots and therefore should not be engaged in the distribution of aviation fuel at the airports.
The letter said, “This is to notify you that the authority is in receipt of a letter from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) that the under listed companies have no depot facilities and should not be engaged in aviation fuel distribution at the airport.”
The letter further asserted that the integrity and competences of these companies cannot be ascertained by the DPR and advised the Authority that these companies be disallowed from further supply of aviation fuel to airlines located in Nigeria.”
The circular also said NCAA had required the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to deny the aforementioned companies access into airports in Nigeria, including their aviation fuelling vehicles and personnel till further notice.
“You are hereby required to suspend the fuelling of your aircraft by any of these companies until further notice,” NCAA directed the airlines and urged them to ensure strict compliance.
The circular was signed by the Director of Airworthiness Standards, Benedict Adeyileka on behalf of the Director General of NCAA.