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ERB clarifies on Low Sulphur diesel

• Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSGO) is the only diesel currently being sold on the Zambian market.
• Despite the different colour codes for diesel pumps at some service stations, the type of diesel sold is all Low Sulphur Gasoil.
• Process to standardize the colour codes and labels for all diesel pumps at retail service stations is currently underway
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Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has assured consumers that Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSGO) is the only diesel currently being sold on the Zambian market.
Board Public Relations Manager Namukolo Kasumpa told Money FM News that despite the different colour codes for diesel pumps at some service stations, the type of diesel sold is all Low Sulphur Gasoil as there is no longer ordinary diesel on the market.
Ms. Kasumpa said consumers should note that the process to standardize the colour codes and labels for all diesel pumps at retail service stations and bulk storage facilities around the country is currently underway.
She has since directed Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), transporters and retailers of petroleum products to standardize the diesel colour codes and labels on storage and handling facilities in the supply chain to purple which is the standard colour code for Low Sulphur Gasoil.
“There are reports that some motorists are hesitant to purchase diesel dispensed from the yellow labeled pumps on account of suspected residual ordinary diesel stocks that may still be contained in storage tanks at service stations, “she said.
However, the ERB has reassured that regular inspections are carried out to monitor the quality of fuel on the Zambian market.
Ms. Kasumpa stated that Based on such inspections, the diesel sold meets the Zambia Bureau of Standards quality specifications for LSGO.

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