The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) today said that it seized illegal fuel on Monday at Helena Number One, Mahaica.
A statement from the GEA follows:
On Monday 10th April, 2017 Inspectors of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), with support from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) conducted an operation in the Mahaica area.
During the course of the operation, Officers observed two boats, linked together, containing several drums in the area of Helena Number One. The occupants of the vessels refused to comply with instructions issued by the officers for them to come ashore and initially started to sail away. However, shortly after, they abandoned the vessels by jumping into the river and making good their escape. Efforts to pursue them proved futile.
A public-spirited citizen assisted by swimming and pulling the boats ashore. Upon retrieving the vessels, it was discovered that there were efforts by the occupants to sink the larger of the two vessels. Thirty eight (38) drums containing fuel were also discovered which is estimated to be 1,900 gallons. Field tests carried out by GEA’s Inspectors revealed that the fuel was illegal as the marker concentration was below the legal level. As a result, all 38 drums of fuel were seized along with both vessels, an outboard engine and a gasoline powered pump. Investigations into the incident are ongoing.
The GEA lauds the efforts of its Inspectors and Field Operation Coordinator for their diligence and commitment in managing the operation. Thanks are also extended to the GRA and GPF for their support and partnership which aided in making the operation a success.
The Guyana Energy Agency continues to monitor fuel related activities to ensure compliance with the GEA Act and Regulations. GEA also wishes to remind the general public that ‘Fuel Smuggling’ affects everyone. Anyone with information on fuel smuggling activities can report same to the Guyana Energy Agency at 226-0394 exts. 204 or 239 or 629-3391.