Unipet shutdown affects thousands

Thou­sands of dri­vers were af­fect­ed yes­ter­day as Unipet’s 21 ser­vice sta­tions across the coun­try re­mained closed when deal­ers sought to send a mes­sage to the Gov­ern­ment that the prof­its they were mak­ing were way too low for them to con­sid­er stay­ing in busi­ness.

The clo­sure of the sta­tions led to pres­sure on the 100-plus NP ser­vice sta­tions that re­mained open as work­ers at those sta­tions found them­selves flood­ed with more ve­hi­cles than they usu­al­ly catered for daily.

NP: No fuel shutdown

The Na­tion­al Pe­tro­le­um Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­ny (NP) has sought to dis­pel claims that of a pro­posed shut­down of fu­el op­er­a­tions due to oc­cur to­day.

How­ev­er, the Pe­tro­le­um Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PDA) is not say­ing for cer­tain if it sanc­tioned a shut­down.

Fire near NP Sea Lots forces evacuation

Workers have been evacuated from NP's Sea Lots facility.

A Guardian Media team is at the site this morning and has been told that a fire broke out at a company located behind NP.

Fire tenders are on the scene and we understand the fire had been contained

However, NP officials have evacuated the facility and health and safety officers are assessing the building to determine whether staff will be allowed to reenter.

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)

Fire fighters extinguish fire at NP tank

National Petroleum has extinguished a fire at its Sealots Tank Farm.

Shortly after 1 pm, smoke was seen billowing from the top of a tank on the southern side of the Tank Farm area of NP’s Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain.

In a statement, NP said in keeping with established Health Safety and Environment procedural guidelines, the Fire Services were immediately contacted.

Fire tenders from the Wrightson Road Fire Station were dispatched to the scene.

Problem of water in gas at some NP service stations has been resolved

The National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) has confirmed that all service stations affected by the problem of water in gas, are fully back in operation and that the problem hs been resolved.

NP responded to question we posed to them on the issue.

The following are their responses:

1. When did NP realize there was a contamination?

Full list of 55 NP service stations still accepting electronic cards

The National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) has listed 55 service stations that will continue to accept electronic cards.

The following is the full list:


Western Main Rd.


Western Main Road, Carenage


Western Main Rd.
Bay Shore


Richplain Road, Diego Martin
Diego Martin


Four Roads, Diego Martin
Diego Martin