The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) has accosted nine fuel trucks containing contaminated fuel at its depot in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
A statement issued by BOST that the trucks containing the contaminated fuel were accosted following during a routine check at its Kumasi Depot.
“BOST would like to announce for the information of the general public that it has discovered product adulteration at its Kumasi depot over the last couple of days and is taking all required steps to rectify the anomaly,” the statement read in part.
The statement noted that as a standard practice, products are tested to confirm their chemical composition before loading into trucks.
Upon arrival at their destination, the same product testing is carried out to ensure what was loaded onto the truck is what has been transported before discharge is permitted.
“During the pre-discharge testing of product aboard a BVR, it was discovered through the basic test that the chemical composition of the product at the destination differed from what was loaded on the truck. BOST made a call for confirmation testing, which proved that the result of the basic test was correct: the product aboard the truck was adulterated,” the statement said.
The driver of the truck is currently in custody, helping with investigations while both the truck and its content are being held at a safe place for investigations.
“Further pre-discharge tests disclosed eight (8) more trucks had their contents adulterated. The drivers of these vehicles are nowhere to be found as we speak but their respective trucks are being held pending the conclusion of the investigations. This brings the total number of trucks with adulterated contents to nine (9)”, the BOST statement said.
BOST has however assured the public that no adulterated product will find its way into the market.