Kamla: Threat to T&T's fuel supply

Is there a short­age of fu­el? Will there be an in­crease in the price of fu­el?

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar raised these ques­tions at the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress Mon­day night meet­ing in Fyz­abad based on a doc­u­ment left in her mail­box. The let­ter by chair­man of Trinidad Pe­tro­le­um Hold­ings Lim­it­ed Wil­fred Es­pinet to En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan was about a month­ly short­fall of US$20 mil­lion to pur­chase re­fined fu­el to sup­ply the coun­try.

Khan: Don’t blame gas for car fires

Paria Fu­el Trad­ing’s gas has met – and in many cas­es – ex­ceed­ed the con­trac­tu­al spec­i­fi­ca­tion, says En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan, as he de­fend­ed the fu­el qual­i­ty.

Re­ply­ing to Op­po­si­tion queries in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day, Khan struck down con­cerns that the qual­i­ty of gas might be re­spon­si­ble for fires which start­ed in sev­er­al cars.

MHTL: Big savings if methanol used as fuel additive

Gaso­line and diesel prices could go down if T&T de­cides to use methanol as five per cent its fu­el mix­ture.

This was re­vealed by Vishard Chan­dool, man­ag­er tech­ni­cal and cor­po­rate ser­vices Methanol Hold­ings Trinidad Ltd, who told a methanol con­fer­ence yes­ter­day that the coun­try could save as much as a quar­ter bil­lion dol­lars on an an­nu­al ba­sis if the coun­try de­cides to blend five per cent of its fu­el with methanol.

This sav­ings, he said, can then be passed on­to mo­torists.

Fuel suppliers demand up front payment

State-owned Paria Fu­el Trad­ing Com­pa­ny could be on a col­li­sion course with the Gov­ern­ment and State-en­ter­prise Na­tion­al Pe­tro­le­um Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed as it is in­sist­ing it must get time­ly pay­ments from the Min­istry of Fi­nance for the fu­el sub­sidy and wants NP to pay for its fu­el on time.

No more regular gas on the market, fishermen threaten protests

Fish­er­men are plan­ning to protest out­side the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter next week be­cause reg­u­lar gas is no longer avail­able in the coun­try.

Vice pres­i­dent of the Clax­ton Bay Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Bhadase Sook­nanan warned that with­out reg­u­lar gas, the fu­el used in the out­board en­gines of their boats, the lo­cal fish­ing in­dus­try will be oblit­er­at­ed. Sook­nanan, who owns two boats and em­ploys five peo­ple, said he used to spend $200 on gas for one fish­ing trip but that cost will in­crease to $500.

Quality of fuel good

The qual­i­ty of NP fu­el is fine.

That was the as­sur­ance yes­ter­day from Na­tion­al Pe­tro­le­um Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­ny chair­man Sahid Ho­sein who said NP’s fu­el is test­ed every day be­fore the com­pa­ny is­sues it to ser­vice sta­tions.

“So con­cerns about qual­i­ty are un­found­ed. I as­sure the mo­tor­ing pub­lic, very strin­gent mea­sures are un­der­tak­en be­fore fu­el is tak­en to sta­tions to be sold,” Ho­sein told Par­lia­ment’s Pub­lic Ac­counts En­ter­pris­es Com­mit­tee (PAEC)