Fuel supply shortage grips Metro Manila, parts of Luzon

Shell "requests understanding," Petron ready to help
Nov 19, 2010

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Oil shortageOil giant Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC) issued a statement to seek the motoring public's understanding amid the low fuel supply in Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon.

"The continued shutdown of the First Philippine Industrial Corp pipeline, which transports PSPC's petroleum products from our Batangas refinery to our Pandacan depot in Manila has severely constrained our ability to keep all our stations supplied," Pilipinas Shell said in a statement, which is printed in major broadsheets today.

The "request" came over a week after the oil firm said on November 8 that supply will "normalize" by the middle of this week despite product run-outs.

In its statement, Pilipinas Shell said it has taken contingency measures like redeploying barges and lorries, and moving products ship-to-ship or via long-haul road transfers from its depots in La Union and Batangas.

"However, due to significant logistical difficulties, including road traffic, river tide restrictions and jetty congestion issues, PSPC continues to experience a backlog in deliveries resulting to the said temporary site closures and product run-outs in our retail stations," Shell said. "We truly regret this situation, and again, we ask for your generous understanding."

The current fuel shortage is due to the closure of a major oil pipeline, which was found to have a leak at the basement of a nearby high-rise condominium in Makati City. The pipeline is owned by First Philippine Industrial Corp.

In a separate statement, Petron Corp. said "it is ready to extend all possible assistance to Shell and Chevron to help them manage their supply." Petron said it supplies around 50 percent of Metro Manila's oil requirements.

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"We have been keeping our facilities in Metro Manila and other supply points in nearby provinces on round-the-clock operations to keep the metropolis supplied with fuels," Petron president Eric Recto said. "We wish to assure the public we have sufficient inventory and production capacity to address any shortfall and are ready to do more to ensure a continuous and reliable supply of fuels."

Do you know where your fellow motorists can find sufficient fuel supply in Metro Manila? Feel free to clue them in by using the comment box below.

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