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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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?
The National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) has listed 55 service stations that will continue to accept electronic cards.
The following is the full list:
1. ISLAND PROPERTY OWNERS
Western Main Rd.
2. NP CARENAGE
Western Main Road, Carenage
3. T’DAD YACHT CLUB
Western Main Rd.
4. NP RICHPLAIN
Richplain Road, Diego Martin
5. NP FOUR ROADS
Four Roads, Diego Martin