Energy Business Dept: Less than 1% of oil vendors sell substandard supply

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BANGKOK, 23 August 2012 – The Department of Energy Business’s latest survey found that there is less than 1 percent of oil vendors selling substandard supply. 

Director-General of the Department of Energy Business Viraphol Jirapraditakul said that the department’s latest inspection, conducted during October 2011 and July 2012, on oil quality sold across Thailand by 6,275 vendors found that only 44 of them, or 0.70 percent, sold substandard fuel.

Mr. Viraphol said that the inspection found 29 samples of substandard benzene, which was mixed with gasohol in both northern and northeastern regions. It also found 19 samples of substandard diesel, believed to be smuggled, mostly, into the country’s southern part.

He stated that the Department of Energy Business has filed legal actions against all unscrupulous vendors.

Mr. Viraphol added that consumers should only buy fuel from vendors, which have passed the department’s inspection and could display a verification sticker at their fuel dispensers.