Fuel shortage eased in city
THE long queues at Shenzhen’s gas stations have gradually disappeared as the petrol shortage was alleviated, according to the Shenzhen Daily’s research Monday.
Drivers were not waiting for hours to buy petrol Monday, and only needed between five to 20 minutes to fill their tanks. The previous one-kilometer-long line was no longer a common scene it had been over the past week at gas stations alongside major roads.
However, not all fuel types were freely available. Petrol stations’ No. 90 gasoline supplies were the lowest, followed by No. 93 and 97. No. 98 gasoline and diesel supplies were comparatively plentiful.
Signs of supply shortages began surfacing earlier this month, with reports that Shenzhen and other filling stations in Guangdong were limiting vehicles to 50 yuan worth of fuel – or about 11 liters of petrol.
The National Development and Reform Commission analyzed the reason for the recent fuel shortage particularly in Guangdong Province and disclosed measures to guarantee the supply in an interview with Xinhua News Agency last week.
The typhoons Haitang and Matsa hitting southern China were described as one factor, which hampered the oil transport channel and kept many oil tankers out of the harbor.
Due to the surging price in the international crude oil market, some oil supply firms are balking at supplying the domestic market because it is unprofitable.
There are also a few filling stations withholding retail supplies out of fear that wholesalers will be unable to deliver petrol to them in the near future.
In addition to transporting more fuel to Guangdong, the Central Government required the refineries to increase their production and formulated more effective logistics system for the oil transport.
Local gas stations said Shenzhen drivers would have no shortage worries after more fuel arrived.
Freddy Cole <harbor lights>