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Govt stops contaminated crude oil


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Government has stopped a cargo ship carrying crude feedstock from offloading at the discharging bay in Dar Es- Salaam because the consignment is contaminated.


The Ministry of Energy says the crude feedstock has high levels of organic Chlorides similar to the cargo that was received in June this year.


Energy Permanent Secretary Emelda Chola says her officers were able to promptly detect the contamination and stopped the cargo ship from offloading and discharging.


Brigadier General Chola has since urged fuel users and the public at large not to panic because government has put in place measures to ensure no contaminated feed stock is received in the country.


She also says there will be no shortages of fuel because the country has enough stocks to meet demand.


Brigadier General Chola says government is working round the clock to ensure that Indeni Refinery continues to operate at normal production capacity.


This is contained in a statement released to ZNBC News in Lusaka by Brigadier General Chola.

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