Georgian petrol stations will be inspected for fuel quality

Filling stations will be checked for fuel quality without any beforehand warnings.Photo:N.Alavidze/, 16 Oct 2018 - 11:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Around 80 filling stations around Georgia will be inspected in Georgia in November to determine the quality of fuel they sell, Neli Korkotadze, deputy head of the Environment Protection Supervision Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment stated today.

She said that department employees will arrive at the stations without advanced notice and collect about 240 fuel samples.

We will check whether the quality of fuel is in line with the current legislation in the field,” Korkotadze said.

She stated that the import of the fuel which fails to meet mandatory standards is subject to fines of up to 10,000 GEL, while the sale of such fuel is subject to fines of 8,000 GEL.

She announced that the government intends to impose restrictions regarding the amount of sulfur in diesel fuel can contain.

Korkotadze stated that starting from January 1, 2019 the amount of sulfur in diesel fuel must not exceed 50 milligrams.

We even intend to provide further restrictions in the future in terms of sulfur content in diesel fuel,” Korkotadze said.

The current permitted amount is 100 milligrams.

She stated that when it comes to the current laws regarding petrol quality, they are almost in line with European standards.