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Petrol shortage scare in Blantyre, Zomba

NO PETROL— Engen Filling Station at Maselema in Limbe

Some parts of the country have been experiencing erratic supply of fuel, especially petrol, in the past few days.

When The Daily Times conducted spot checks Tuesday morning, it did not find petrol at Total Filling at Peretiya in Limbe, Total Filling Station at Agora in Limbe, Total Filling Station at Kristwick in Blantyre and Engen Filling Station at Maselema in Limbe, among others.

This was also the case in Zomba, where there was no petrol at Total Universal and Total Central filling stations.

We, however, found that petrol was readily available in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Mangochi.

A fuel attendant at one of the filling stations in Limbe said they expected to have petrol anytime but had not received it at the time of the interview.

“We have not had petrol since Tuesday evening. We were told that we would have it this morning but it’s not here and are just waiting for it. We do not know what is wrong,” he said.

Albert Msekeni, who drives a petrol engine minibus, said he was burning more fuel driving from one filling station to another as he tried to refill.

However, National Oil Company spokesperson Chisomo Mwamadi said there was no need to panic as the country had adequate stocks of fuel both petrol and diesel.

“From our end as Nocma, we have enough fuel stocks in our strategic fuel reserves and we are releasing the product on daily basis to oil marketing companies as normal. There is no need to panic as Nocma has adequate stocks as we speak,” he said.

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority spokesperson Fitima Khonje asked for more time before she could comment on the development.

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