Delay in fuel shipment results in shortage at Gas Stations

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iNews visited some Gas stations in the City today and was told that they are still experiencing a shortage of gas

Retailer at Rubis’s Vlissengen Road Branch Steve Chung said the gas station ran out of fuel on Sunday due to a delay in shipment.

Chung pointed out that the population of cars is also a major factor affecting the volume of gas available.

In this regard he said the time has come for gas stations to upgrade their storage facilities.

In a statement issued today, the Guyana Energy Agency [GEA] stated that the current shortfall of gas is as a result of delays experienced by the ISLA Refinery in Curacao.

According to the GEA, during the period July 14 to 25, vessels arrived at the refinery and were awaiting berthing instructions. The delays lasted for about 12 days, the GEA stated.

The Energy Agency noted that while efforts were made to source products from Petrotrin, Trinidad, they too were experiencing unavailability of gas at the same time.

At present, the vessels at Curacao have completed loading approximately 35,085 barrels of gas, 49,002 barrels of Gasoil, 3,500 barrels of Kerosene and 2,500 barrels of Fuel oil and are en route to Guyana.

The first shipment is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, July 31, and the second shipment on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Additionally, another vessel is expected to commence loading at Petrotrin, Trinidad today. According to the GEA, the current situation should be resolved by end of week. [Akash Ramlackhan]

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