The Zambia Metrology Agency (ZMA) commenced the verification of measuring instruments used in the petroleum sector at the beginning of the year 2021
The Zambia Metrology Agency (ZMA) commenced the verification of measuring instruments used in the petroleum sector at the beginning of the year 2021.
Speaking in an interview with Director Legal Metrology, Mr. Humphrey Nkobeni stated that this sector is crucial for economic growth and that the Agency’s engineers are moving across the country to ensure that all measuring instruments that are used at service stations were verified.
Mr Nkobeni explained that the significance of verifying the measuring instruments served to ensure that measurements are accurate across this crucial sector.
He added that this verification exercise provided stakeholder confidence as the consumers received value for their money while ensuring that the petroleum businesses were not losing out due to wrong measurements.
“This is why the Agency was set up - to ensure that there are accurate measurements across the distribution chain of various products including Petroleum products. The check for accuracy shall ensure fair trade and consumer protection.” Mr Nkobeni said.
The Director indicated that the instruments used by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) such as the bulk flow meters as well as the instruments used by TAZAMA at the receipt points of all imported petroleum products were verified using the Agency’s Test Rig at the ZMA regional Office in Ndola.
Nkobeni further noted that the measuring instruments used in the Petroleum sub-sector are verified for accuracy every six (6) months adding that the scheduling of the bi-annual exercise was done to ensure that all the stations are checked within a uniform time.
He mentioned that with this exercise, consumers would know that the instruments were verified by inspecting the fuel dispenser for a ZMA certification sticker.
The Director explained that these stickers change colour every year to help consumers of these products to distinguish the stickers used annually for clarity’s sake. Therefore, this year 2021, the Agency is using pink stickers.
Nkobeni said the Agency was encouraged and delighted with the majority of the clients that presented their instruments for the 2021 verification exercise from December last year.
“I urge all our players in this sector to present their instruments for this important exercise and I encourage all consumers to be on the lookout for the verification sticker and report to the Agency any Service Station without a valid sticker” Mr Nkobeni emphasized.