The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has directed five oil marketing companies to stop supplying aviation fuel, known as Jet A1 to airlines due to lack of depot facilities.
This is contained in a circular dated Nov. 9 and signed by the Director of Airworthiness Standards, Mr Benedict Adeyileka, on behalf of the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman.
A copy of the circular was made available to aviation correspondents at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Wednesday in Lagos.
The affected companies include Jushad Oil and Gas Limited, Lubcon Limited, Ascon Oil Company Limited, Acon Petroleum Limited and Star Orient Aviation Limited.
The circular, with reference number: NCAA/DAW/AD. 1104/AOL052/VOL.1 was addressed to Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).
It was entitled, ``Notice of Suspension of Some Companies from Providing Aviation Fuel Supply Services to Airlines at Airports in Nigeria.’’
The circular said the companies were suspended because they had no depots and therefore should not be engaged in the distribution of aviation fuel at the airports.
“This is to notify you that the authority is in receipt of a letter from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) that the under listed companies have no depot facilities and should not be engaged in aviation fuel distribution at the airport.
“The integrity and competences of these companies cannot be ascertained by the DPR and it is advised that they should be disallowed from further supply of aviation fuel to airlines located in Nigeria,’’ it said.
The circular noted that NCAA had directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to deny the companies access into airports in Nigeria, including their aviation fueling vehicles and personnel till further notice.
“You are hereby required to suspend the fueling of your aircraft by any of these companies until further notice,” NCAA directed the airlines and urged them to ensure strict compliance.