Wednesday 20 November, 2019

No more regular gas, Ministry says

With the last stocks of regular gasoline distributed around three weeks ago following the closure of the Petrotrin Refinery, there will be no more fuel supplied on the local market at this time.

Advising on the discontinuation of the supply of regular gasoline which is expected to affected fishermen the most, the Energy Ministry on Monday indicated that super gasoline is a suitable and superior replacement which has been used in artisanal fishing vessels without adverse impact.

The Ministry explained that the reason for the discontinuation of the supply of the cheaper fuel had to do with the low demand for regular gasoline, which has fluctuated between 8000 barrels to 10,000 barrels per month.

Providing further explanation for the cessation of the supply, the Ministry noted that Paria Fuel Trading Company which is now responsible for the supply of liquid petroleum fuels on the local market, said imports of regular gasoline would be uneconomical as the volumes are small, the fuel is not a standard grade and is rarely produced by most regional refineries.

The Ministry notes that regular gasoline has been the fuel widely used by fishing communities, but Tobago does not have a supply of regular gasoline and there have been no complaints by that fishing community with respect to the use of super gasoline in their boats.

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