Representatives of Glencore Singapore, which sold the troublesome acetone-mixed gasoline to two Vietnamese importers, are coming to Viet Nam today, September 1, to try and resolve the problem.
Petrolimex Saigon, an arm of the national company Petrolimex, bought around 6,000 tons of the acetone-mixed gasoline from Glencore Singapore, while the Military Petroleum Company bought about 4,000 tons.
A Petrolimex source said Glencore Singapore had imported the high-acetone gasoline, which has damaged many rubber fuel valves in motorcycles and cars in Viet Nam, from its parent Glencore in Switzerland. The source added Glencore Singapore had asked the parent company why the petrol contained so much acetone.
Normally, a little acetone is added to gasoline to make high octane fuel, but in this case a lot was added for reasons unknown.
On Thursday, Petrolimex Saigon deputy director Dang Duy Quan said his company had sold about 200 cubic meters of the high-acetone gasoline to filling stations, but had since withdrawn most of it. The company pledged to withdraw the rest by Friday.
The Military Petroleum Company is also withdrawing its troublesome petrol from filling stations, and will finish by this weekend, said Phan Duy Phuc, director of the company’s Ho Chi Minh City Branch.
The two companies have received many complaints from motorists as well as from the filling stations, whose equipment has also been damaged by the acetone.
Thursday’s Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted lawyers Truong Thi Hoa and Le Dinh Phat in Ho Chi Minh City as saying that the two importers will be liable if there are any claims for compensation.