By Ashraf Abdul Wahab
Tripoli, 31 August 2013:
On top of the . . .[restrict]power cuts that have been hitting the south of the country, there are now reports of a serious shortage of petrol and diesel, with long queues at filling stations and talk of rationing.
One transport industry professional, Abdullah Ahmed of the Arab Association for Oil Transportation, said today that there was neither petrol nor diesel available in the south of the country.
He blamed the disruption on attacks on tanker drivers bringing fuel from the north. Abdullah said that there had been repeated requests to the southern military governor as well as to security agencies, to provide protection and check-points along the A3 highway from the Brega Petroleum Marketing Company depot in Misrata to the south through the Jufra district to Sebha.
Abdullah said that an alternative route from depots in Tripoli and Zawia along the A4 and A7 highways via Abyar Ash Shuwayrif were being explored by Brega and the tanker drivers.
However today Brega Petroleum announced on its website:” All types of fuel are available in all areas of Libya and there is no justification for congestion at fuel stations. Fuel is available at all sites”. [/restrict]