Kathmandu, January 27
Tankers supplying aviation turbine fuel (ATF) in the domestic market have halted supply of the product seeking amendment in the provision, which makes tanker owners compensate for the technical loss of the petroleum product during transport.
Submitting the keys of hundreds of tankers to the Nepal Petroleum Transporters’ Federation, tanker drivers have been halting the import of ATF and its supply in the domestic market since Saturday. They have primarily sought the scrapping of the legal provision introduced by Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) that makes transporters compensate for the loss resulting due to technical reasons during fuel transport.
“We are not in a position to compensate the loss of fuel due to different technical reasons during transport inside the domestic market and from India to Nepal,” said Pashupati Pathak, an ATF transporter, adding that NOC charging transporters for such loss due to unavoidable technical reasons is unjustified.
NOC has been allowing deduction of 45 litres of petrol and 27 litres of diesel on every 4,000 litres of fuel supplied by transporters from different depots to the market as compensation for shrinkage loss. However, in case loss of fuel during transport is above this mark, NOC makes transporters compensate for it.
“Shrinkage loss during fuel transport is determined by different factors, including temperature.
We can’t take responsibility of loss in