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Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority to Crack Down on Unapproved Aviation Fuel Marketers

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Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority to Crack Down on Unapproved Aviation Fuel Marketers
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced its plans to investigate and regulate the activities of unapproved aviation fuel marketers. This action comes after four incidents of contaminated Jet-A1 fuel were discovered in commercial aircraft tanks. The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, revealed that some fuel suppliers were operating illegally at Nigerian airports, supplying contaminated fuel to unsuspecting airlines. The authority aims to collaborate with the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission/Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to address this issue and ensure the safety of air travel.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is taking decisive action to address the issue of unapproved aviation fuel marketers involved in the supply of contaminated Jet-A1 to airlines. This move comes after a series of incidents where commercial aircraft were found to have been fueled with contaminated fuel containing water.

On July 20, NCAA suspended Boeing 737 planes in the Max Air fleet due to contaminated aviation fuel. Prior to that, there were incidents of shutdowns related to Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and in-flight engine failure, all attributed to fuel contamination.

The investigations revealed that unapproved aviation fuel marketers had gained access to the airports and were supplying contaminated fuel to unsuspecting airlines. Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of NCAA, confirmed this during a meeting with the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission/Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). He mentioned that some fuel suppliers currently operating at the airports were not on the list of approved companies provided by the DPR.

In response to the discovery, NCAA plans to report this illegal operation to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and urge them to cease the services of these unapproved suppliers. The collaboration between NCAA and DPR has closed the gap that previously existed, ensuring that only approved Jet-A1 suppliers operate at the airports.

"Investigation is ongoing, we are doing this in collaboration with the DPR and we have got the list of all companies approved by the DPR. We found out that some were not approved, we will write FAAN about this to ensure they withdraw their services until they meet all requirements," said Capt. Musa Nuhu.

He further emphasized that the issue of fuel contamination is unacceptable and needs to be addressed promptly. Although no international airline has reported fuel contamination, NCAA recognizes the urgency to prevent any potential accidents or incidents.

As part of its efforts to ensure safety and regulatory compliance, NCAA will conduct an audit from August 30 to September 11. This audit aims to identify any gaps that may exist at airports and allows for necessary improvements.

A committee consisting of representatives from relevant agencies has been formed to comprehensively analyze the entire aviation fuel supply system and provide recommendations to prevent future contamination incidents.

In conclusion, while the responsibility of ensuring fuel quality ultimately lies with the airline pilot, NCAA is taking proactive measures to eliminate the risks posed by unapproved aviation fuel marketers. By collaborating with DPR and FAAN, they aim to enforce strict regulations and maintain the highest standards of aviation fuel quality and safety.

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