Dubai Government tackles illegal diesel trading

Eight Government departments came together for investigation

ENOC officials carry out their investigations.
ENOC officials carry out their investigations.

Eight Dubai Government entities joined hands to inspect 12 companies in the emirate involved in the illegal trade of diesel.

The inspections occurred over a two-day period in Ras Al Khor Industrial Area in Dubai from which a number of trading companies and agents were penalised for numerous violations ranging from use of unsafe fuel facilities to the illegal retailing of diesel.

The committee included a multi-sector collaboration between the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dubai Civil Defence, Department of Economic Development in Dubai, Dubai Municipality, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Police, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).

According to specifications under Federal Cabinet decision no. 37 of 2013, organisations and individuals must only market or use ultra-low sulphur diesel, containing less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur. Illegal diesel, also known as ‘grey diesel’, is fuel that contains more than 10 parts per million of sulphur, and is in direct violation of UAE law.

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

“The UAE government’s directive towards sustainability and adherence to increasingly higher environmental standards are key components that drive the advancement of the UAE’s socio-economic development. It is in the interest of the country, the people and the environment that the illegal diesel trade activities cease as it infringes on these values,” stated H.E. Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC.

“At ENOC, we remain committed to collaborating with key government authorities to curb illegal trading of diesel and taking the necessary actions to eliminate considerable economic and environmental losses,” he added.

The inspections identified a number of companies in violation of legal specifications set under the Federal Cabinet decision.

Some of the inspected companies did not present the required certifications from ESMA, 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.

“Our intelligence suggests that the trade of this fuel is still flourishing after several raids were conducted over the last two years. The negligence of some critical EHSQ factors in the illegal trade of diesel can result in significant ramifications and has a lasting detrimental impact on the environment, (including underground water ways) and public health,” said Zaid Alqufaidi, Managing Director, ENOC Marketing.

“Our message to these vendors is to cease these activities immediately, or face even stricter penalties for these illegal actions.”


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