Fuel returned to Shell
The first fuel shipment of the year in Iqaluit from Shell was rejected after a June 29 test found a high level of sulphur in the diesel, and issues with the electrical conductivity of the jet fuel the tanker Tuvaq was carrying. It was a "precautionary measure," said Community and Government Services deputy minister, Tom Rich.
Neither type of fuel met customer specifications, said Shell Canada's manager of public affairs, Louis-Philippe Gariepy.
"This is just a question of quality testing," Gariepy said.
He could not say whether the fuel was off specification before leaving Montreal or was altered during transport. Neither problem could be rectified in Iqaluit, Gariepy said.
Shell Canada is pleased to see the system of testing twice, once before departing Montreal and once before unloading in Iqaluit, caught the problem, he said.
Technical data on sulphur levels or electrical conductivity at the time of departure could not be gathered from Shell Canada by press time. As Rich understands it, high sulphur levels are an environmental concern and electrical conductivity relates to, "what it takes to ignite the fumes."
There will be no shortages as a result of the returned shipment, which was destined only for Iqaluit, Rich said. He expects another shipment of fuel to arrive in Iqaluit in about two weeks.
Shell Canada is covering all shipping and fuel costs, Rich said.