As per the Petroleum Act, 2015, Cap 392 and the EWURA Act Cap 414, EWURA is mandated to undertake technical, economic and safety regulatory functions in the sub-sector.
Technical and Safety Regulatory Activities
These are intended to ensure that petroleum facilities and related petroleum operations in Mainland Tanzania are conducted in a manner that is compliant to applicable laws, standards, requirements of health, safety, security, quality and environment (HSSQE) as well as the petroleum industry best practices. EWURA undertakes regular inspections to ensure that petroleum facilities and petroleum operations under its mandate comply with technical and safety requirements. These include:
- Compliance monitoring inspections to ensure that, the petroleum facilities and their related operations comply with applicable laws, standards, requirements of health, safety, security, quality and environment (HSSQE) and the petroleum industry best practices;
- Taking samples of petroleum products from petroleum facilities for checking quality of petroleum products in order to ensure that, the products in the market comply with quality standards (Petroleum (Sampling and Testing) Rules 2010); and
- Taking samples of petroleum products from petroleum facilities for checking marker concentration in order to check on fuel adulteration and dumping of untaxed petroleum products into the local market (The Petroleum (Marking and Quality Control) Rules, 2010).
EWURA takes punitive measures against any operators who violate technical and safety requirements.
Economic Regulatory Activities
These are intended to regulate the economic behavior of the mid and downstream petroleum sub sector in Mainland Tanzania and where deemed appropriate, narrowing choices in certain areas including prices, regulated suppliers’ rate of return and methods of procurements of petroleum products. Economic regulatory activities undertaken by EWURA include:
- Overseeing implementation of Bulk Procurement System (BPS);
- Ensuring the availability of supply of petroleum products in the country;
- Monitoring petroleum products stocks in Mainland Tanzania, on weekly basis, also ensuring that petroleum wholesalers holds stock that can cater the country requirements of at least fifteen (15) days;
- Monitor international and local prices of petroleum products;
- Establish the actual costs involved in the Tanzanian petroleum products supply chain; and
- Establish and publish applicable cap wholesale and retail prices for petrol, diesel and kerosene on the monthly basis in line with the Petroleum (Price Setting) Rules; and
- Monitor the competition in the industry.