Gauteng fuel stations run dry - again

2011-12-22 09:08

Johannesburg - The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) has confirmed that the petroleum industry is experiencing supply constraints in some areas of Gauteng.

"The supply situation is being closely monitored by the Logistics Planning Team, which consists of members of the petroleum industry, the Department of Energy and Transnet," said Avhapfani Tshifularo, SAPIA executive director.

Some service stations may face sporadic shortages of one or more grades of fuel as oil companies try to reduce the delivery back-log, the body said.

"Everything possible is being done to improve the situation and we will continue to keep the public updated."

Earlier this week Shell said it expected petrol stations around Gauteng to run dry of certain grades of fuel.

The fuel constraints were due to "production issues at a third party inland refinery and more recently the shut down of our Alberton fuel depot," said Shell. The fuel depot was shut down for safety reasons on Friday evening after a fuel leak at the site.

Two weeks ago stations in Cape Town and Gauteng also ran out of certain types of petrol and diesel.

  • Guido - 2011-12-22 09:18

    Oh you are soo good in reporting. Like we did not know and experience the disruption. And what about reporting it, why dont you slam it ? What will SAPIA do about it except saying w're sorry ?

  • Guido - 2011-12-22 09:20

    Not a nice situation especially over christmas period, ai kan die mense nie hulle werk doen nie

  • Guido - 2011-12-22 09:21

    Plaas wat hulle op hou monitor en begin doen

  • Guido - 2011-12-22 09:22

    Post a list so that we can avoid those sporadic shortages

  • Guido - 2011-12-22 09:23

    If Everything possible is being done there would not be any shortages.

  • Guido - 2011-12-22 09:26

    Another question further on they mention that it is due to production problems at a third party refinery, why not begin the article with that sentence than the mysterious bull about sporadic shortages, they knew there will be ...

  • Jan - 2011-12-22 09:43

    How about a little conspiry theory? Theory 1) The weak Rand and the high crude oil prices on one side and no reserves on the other side (remember some ANC official sold off the reserves and as far as I know, they have not replenished it or discovered what happened to the money). They cannot afford to buy crude and pay the usual commissions and now there is no more oil torefine, thus the shortage. Theory 2) With Gadaffi and his regime gone and the US taking all the Iraq oil, their usual source of oil supplies has dried up. Theory 3) The government are 'creating' distribution and production problems and a resulting shortage (Transnet has already done their bit). The next step is to announce a national upgrade project that will be handed to a BEE company at 5-times the cost. The new jobs to be created will be announced before the elections and when it happens, BEE will subcontract to an US or Chinese company. Off course the fuel prices will go up to pay for all.

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-12-22 10:13

      i like theory 2...

      100003056311120 - 2011-12-22 10:23

      I vote for your theory 3)

      100000588064615 - 2011-12-22 10:50

      Actually ALL the above are quite possible. Very good Jan.

      kagen101 - 2011-12-22 10:52

      I support theory 3. And on top of that they will probably do BEE deal which will turn out to be a BED (Black Economic Disempowerment) like as if ever any of these deals have ever benefit the majority not empowered black people, LOL

  • Goose - 2011-12-22 09:57

    Bottom line.....the shortages are about incompetence, nothing else. So one refinery shuts temporarily and the whole Gauteng suddenly runs dry??? Incompetence....the inability to hold reserves and plan!

      Nuck Choris - 2011-12-22 11:02

      Yes agree Dont remember this sort of nonsence before 94 even with sanctions. If you take a look at the cancer that is spreading, service or lack thereof is everywhere. It seems directly proportional to the amount of BBEE being thrust down our throats.

  • Jonathan G - 2011-12-22 09:59

    find it coincidental that at this time of year there is a shortage as everyone is going on road trips! its just so that they can increase the price of petrol by 0.50c in Jan and then in Feb again and maybe by April it will go down by a whole 0.10c as usual!!

  • Nickey Janse Van Rensburg - 2011-12-22 10:53

    Half of Gauteng is at the coast!!!! How can we be short of fuel?

  • Albertus - 2011-12-22 11:36

    There is a levy built into the price of fuel to ensure that pumps do not run dry. A sort of a tax. Nothing mentioned of what happens to that levy.

  • 100003053580240 - 2011-12-22 12:27

    Ok so when are they planning on putting up the fuel levy - again?

  • Dizza Lubbe - 2011-12-22 13:53

    Its amazing how the shortages comes @ this tym of the year, wen people r goin on vacation or on holiday.. I think this is jus to tax us more, like we dnt have enough problems of our own!

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