UNBS Extols Shell Over Quality Assurance

unhealthy geneva; color: #222222;”>The revelation was made during the launch of Uganda’s first mobile fuel testing laboraunhealthy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>tory at Shell Lugogo today by Vivo Energy.

“The mobile fuel testing laboratory greatly enhances the work that Vivo Energy is already doing and provides additional support to the work UNBS is also doing with our mobile vans,” said Manyindo.

“Vivo Energy works in partnership with us to offer support; they have also opened up their laboratory for us to conduct further tests whenever the need arises. Apart from the UNBS lab, Vivo Energy is the only oil company with a modern fuel testing lab in the country,” he noted.

The Mobile fuel testing laboratory is launched as an additional measure to ensure quality control of all shell fuels in the country.

“Now it will be possible to check fuel quality at any Shell fuelling station forecourt in addition to the tests that are routinely done at the Vivo Energy laboratory,” said Hans Paulsen, Vivo Energy Uganda’s Managing Director during the launch.


“The mobile lab, fitted into a vehicle, will be collecting samples randomly from Shell stations and conducting basic quality tests on site, while also returning samples to the main laboratory at the depot for further analysis where issues are detected,” Paulsen noted.

“We already have the superior quality Shell fuels, and we test our products at our laboratories located at all loading points along the supply chain, but we feel that’s not enough,” Paulsen remarked.

“We are constantly working at giving our customers the very best products therefore protecting quality is a priority for us; the mobile testing lab helps us to do that. Not only does it help guarantee the quality of the products that eventually goes into customers’ tanks, it also reaffirms the message that we care about our customers deeply.”

The mobile testing lab is equipped to produce key test results within 30 minutes.

It has a temperature-controlled box to store samples, and also has a sealed/lockable cabinet that is mounted to the floor of the vehicle.

The mounting includes special suspension mechanisms so that the vibrations of the moving vehicle do not negatively affect the samples.

The mobile testing lab will be working in collaboration with the trained quality marshals already present at every Shell Service station.

Quality marshals receive product, compare loading parameters against offloading parameters, regularly test the product to reconfirm quality, test and confirm the calibration of the pumps, and handle any quality related issues at the station.

“As a Shell licensee distributing Shell’s superior products, Vivo Energy must maintain the Shell brand standards,” Paulsen said.

“And that means being totally dedicated to improving our product offering and serving our customers in the best way we can. I truly believe that this new initiative will take us one step close to our ambition of being Africa’s most respected energy business.”

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