INDENI Chemical Laboratory tests and certifies Petroleum fuels as required by the Zambian Standards or specifications, and follows ASTM and IP testing methods. In-house expertise and analytical resources make INDENI a reliable fuel testing provider for such issues as ; trouble-shooting, trace contamination (or adulteration) issues, and the most demanding fuel analysis such as Crude Oil Assaying and Jet A1 testing.

The Laboratory has the capacity to test the following Fuels:
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gases
  • Light and Heavy Naphthas
  • Domestic Kerosene
  • Jet A1
  • Petrol
  • Light and Heavy Fuel Oils (Bunker fuels)
  • Petroleum or Crude Oil feedstock
The Laboratory uses the following test Fuel test methods:
  • ASTM fuel test methods
  • IP fuel test methods
Analytical Techniques

In addition to classical test methods, the Laboratory practices the following Instrumental methods of analysis

  • X-Ray Fluorescence
  • FT-IR Spectroscopy
  • Chemiluminiscense
  • Coulometry
  • Potentiometry
  • Gravimetry
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
  • Gas and Liquid Chromatography

The Laboratory is equipped with modern instruments to undertake all its testing capabilities. These include:

  • CFR Engines for RON and MON determination
  • Gas Chromatographs for LPG testing
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Ultra Violet Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometer
  • Automatic distillation units
  • Automatic Flash point testers
  • Density meter
  • TBP Apparatus
  • JFTOT Module
  • Microseparometers
  • Conductivity meters
  • Particle Counters
  • Turbidity meter
  • pH meters
Testing Capacity

The Laboratory has qualified and experienced  Chemists and Laboratory Technicians who perform the tests shown below for the indicated products :

LPG & Butane Petrol JET A1 & Kerosene Diesel Fuels Bunker fuel Other Tests

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG & Butane)

  • Composition of Gases
  • Corrosion
  • Density/Specific Gravity
  • Hydrogen Sulfide, Mercaptans,
  • Moisture
  • Non-condensable Gases
  • Volatility/Vapor Pressure


  • Density/Specific Gravity
  • Vapour Pressure
  • Research and Motor Octane Number
  • Existent Gum content, Induction period (Oxidation stability)
  • Copper strip corrosion
  • Metals content
  • Total Sulphur
  • Acidity
  • Benzene, Aromatics, Ethanol and Oxygen
  • MMT
  • ASTM D86 distillation
  • Flexible Volatility Index

Jet A1 / Kerosene

  • Appearance / Haze
  • Colour Saybolt
  • Particulate contamination
  • Acidity
  • Aromatics
  • Sulphur
  • Mercaptans and Doctor test
  • Distillation
  • Freezing Point, Smoke point
  • Flash point
  • Density / Specific Gravity
  • Specific Energy
  • Copper strip corrosion
  • Thermal Stability (JFTOT)
  • Existent Gum
  • Microseparometer rating
  • Electrical conductivity

Diesel Fuel

  • Density/Specific Gravity
  • Appearance or haze
  • Cetane Index
  • Cloud point
  • Color, ASTM
  • Conductivity
  • Copper corrosion
  • Distillation
  • Flash point
  • Pour point
  • Sulphur content
  • Sediment and water (S&W)

Bunker fuel(Light and Heavy Fuel oil) quality testing:

  • Asphaltenes, Ash, Carbon Residue
  • Density, Flashpoint
  • Sulfur Content, Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Pour Point,
  • Water and Sediment
  • Viscosity
  • Water Content

Other Tests

  • Crude Oil Evaluation (Comprehensive Assaying)
  • Air emissions monitoring (CO2,CO,O2,SOX,NOX)
  • Waste water (effluent) testing