COSTA RICA NEWS – Thirty one of the 347 gasoline stations across the country have failed standards of quality and quantity tests, according to the Program of Quality Assessment of Fuels by Regulatory Authority of Public Services (ARESEP).
The inspection results indicated in 19 cases gasoline storage tanks were found with high levels of sediment, at four stations the flash point for diesel product was below the 52 Celsius, two did not meet colour standards and two others did not fill the octane requirement.
Important to remember that in Costa Rica ALL gasoline products are supplied by the state refinery: the Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo (RECOPE) selling product to the independent gasoline retailers. The ARESEP is the state regulatory agency for prices and product standards.
The consequence of poor fuel quality is damage to engines, ranging from poor performance to increase maintenance and/or complete engine overhaul.
Mora said the ARESEP is now following up with punitive administrative proceedings against the gasoline stations in violation of the standards, including the possible seizure of the concession licenses for repeat offenders.
Mora added that the regulatory agency, as part of the study, test samples at four RECOPE plants, finding fuels exceeding standards set by national law.