Petroleum industry standards harmonized to facilitate trade across EAC member states

Members of the East African Sub-Committee (EASC/TC 038) constituting delegates from the East African Community member states converged in Uganda on Monday to discuss the technical comments generated in five draft standards of the Petroleum Value chain across EAC Partner states; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Sudan.

The discussions are aimed at harmonizing the five draft standards of equipment for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas to come up with final standards that can be understood by all end users in the EAC member states.

The draft standards include;

  • DEAS 976: 2019, The petroleum Industry – Storage and distribution of Petroleum products in above-ground bulk installations
  • DEAS 977: 2019, The petroleum Industry – The installation of underground storage tanks, pumps/dispensers and pipe work at service stations and consumer installations – Code of practice
  • DEAS 978: 2019, The storage and handling of liquid fuel – Large consumer installations – Code of practice
  • DEAS 979: 2019, Road tankers for Petroleum-based flammable liquids – Specification
  • DEAS 980:2019, Petroleum facilities – Retail and consumer outlets – classification

“It is critical that we have these standards in place, as you are all aware, we are warming up to start exploiting the oil & gas sector in Uganda and the East African region at large.” said David Livingstone Ebiru, the UNBS Deputy ED in charge of Management & Financial services, as he officially opened the five-day meeting on behalf of the UNBS Executive Director.

Once approved, the developed standards will ensure compliance in the Petroleum value chain thus facilitating trade across the E. African region.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.