NNPC Extends Fuel Station Hours, Collaborates with Marketers to Ease Supply Crunch

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Nigeria grapples with temporary fuel shortages as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) implements measures to address the situation.

Longer Hours, Collaboration for Faster Distribution:

  • NNPC is urging fuel stations to operate extended hours to facilitate a faster turnaround for petrol (PMS) distribution.
  • The company is also encouraging fuel marketers to collaborate and share available stock, ensuring a more even distribution across stations.

Cause of the Shortage:

  • Disruptions in ship-to-ship fuel transfer due to recent thunderstorms have impacted supply logistics.
  • Adverse weather conditions, including heavy rain and lightning, have hampered berthing at jetties, truck loading, and overall transportation of fuel to stations.

NNPC and NMDPRA Working Together:

  • A joint inspection of fuel stations in Abuja by NNPC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) is underway to monitor supply and distribution.
  • Both entities are collaborating to ensure queues disappear and fuel availability improves.

No Price Increase Planned:

  • The NMDPRA assures Nigerians that there is no intention to increase fuel pump prices.

Long-Term Solution:

  • NMDPRA highlights the establishment of a national strategic stock of fuel as a long-term solution to mitigate logistical challenges and stabilize both supply and prices.

Motorists’ Concerns:

  • While some motorists report extended waiting times, others haven’t experienced significant delays. Overall, there is a general desire for a lasting solution to prevent future shortages.

The NNPC and NMDPRA are actively working to address the current fuel shortage in Nigeria. Extended station hours, collaborative efforts among marketers, and a focus on long-term solutions aim to restore normalcy and ensure consistent fuel availability for Nigerians.

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