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June 26th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Despite the fact that Costa Rica has the highest fuel prices in the region, motorists may not be receiving the quantity or the quality of fuel they are paying for, according to the most recent Quality Assessment Report by regulator ARESEP.
For the year 2013 (the most recent data available), 74 inspections at service stations resulted in 85 faults in both the quantity of fuel dispensed as well as fuel quality problems, such as sediments in gasoline and gasoline mixed with diesel fuel.
More than 40% of faults were related to the quantity of fuel dispensed, making it the most common issue; followed by sediments (17.7%). The worst violators were service stations in Alajuela with 19 faults and San José with 18.
ARESEP’s Alexander Davis said the sediment problem is not the fault of the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE) but instead that of the service stations, which “do not have good filtration systems to remove sediment.”
The inadvertent mixture of gasoline with diesel fuel is the problem that most concerns authorities, which warn the issue could lead to engine problems and even pose a safety risk to motorists.
Another common fault is regular gasoline being sold as Super gasoline.