KABUL, Afghanistan – Customs official at Torghundi crossing in western province of Herat curbed imported gas from Azaerbaijan, according to reports, due to its low quality with potential risk.
Omar Shukran, a private company in Kabul, has imported at least 60 tankers of lower-quality gas from Azerbaijan through the western border in Herat province.
Officials said the tankers arrived at the Torghundi customs a few days ago, but they have not assessed it yet. “The imported gas does not match any requirements for Afghanistan.”
Afghanistan’s standards for imported gas requires its butane level should be between 60 to 70 percent, while it should have 30 to 40 percent of propane in its composition, according to officials as local media reported. But a quality test from the imported gas shows the gas has 10 percent propane and its butane is at zero percent.
“The norms and standard authority assesses gas and fuel at the borders and if the imported fuel is lower-quality they reject it and if it is approved it is allowed to enter the country,” said Jailani Farhad, spokesman for the Herat governor.
“The issue of 60 tankers of gas has not been referred to us so far,” said Khyber Musmir, head of Norms and Standards Office in Herat.
According sources, the company has purchased 700 tankers of gas from Azerbaijan in a bid to import them in the Afghanistan for retailer throughout the city.
The company has no commented on the issue.