The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has received new equipment for the petroleum testing laboratory which will expand its capacity to test all aspects of petroleum products ZABS Testing Laboratories Manager Andrew Chipongo has disclosed. Mr. Chipongo said the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Analyzer which is valued at 48,000 Euros (equivalent to K1.2 million) will enable ZABS to offer more comprehensive tests for the petroleum industry.

“We are elated by the new equipment which has been procured with the help of the Zambia Agribusiness and Trade Project (ZATP) at a cost of 48,000 euros. The equipment is quite robust as it can perform a wide range of tests on petroleum products simultaneously. The parameters that we will be able to test using this equipment are quite broad with test results being produced within 30 minutes from the 48hrs it used take with the old equipment. With this equipment, our clients and the general public are assured of safe, effective, and clean petroleum products.”

The Zambia Bureau of Standards houses a petroleum Testing laboratory and has been conducting tests on behalf of regulators, Oil Marketing companies, and the general public to ensure that the petroleum products meet customer quality requirements as well as Government and industry specifications. The ZABS Petroleum Laboratory is one of the 5 Laboratories that maintains ISO 17025 accreditation status.