Port Elizabeth fuel shortages to continue

2014-12-08 09:21
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Cape Town – Been struggling to find petrol stations with a fuel supply in Port Elizabeth over the past week? Well, we have some bad news.

Fuel shortages caused by emergency maintenance work to the ore and tanker berth in the PE harbour could continue for another two weeks, Netwerk24 reports.

Last week companies such as Shell suspended fuel deliveries to the harbour due to concerns regarding the dangers posed by weathered infrastructure. In the meantime companies have been depositing fuel supplies in East London and Mossel Bay instead.

According to Algoa FM, the fuel shortages are not only frustrating to the consumer, but are also devastating to petrol station owners in the area.

While fears exist that the entire Eastern Cape could be affected, the SA Petroleum Industry Association said that only Port Elizabeth was suffering, as only a fifth of the usual supply is being delivered to the city at present. 

Harbour manager, Rajesh Dana, told Netwerk24 that the maintenance work had been completed over the weekend. 

It could, however, take another week or two for the situation to normalise. 

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