TAPSOA assures citizens of sufficient fuel supply

THE Tanzania Petrol Stations Operators Association (TAPSOA) has said concerted efforts must be made to resolve the challenges associated with receiving fuel and loading of the commodity at different deports across the country.

TAPSOA Secretary General, Augustino Mmasi  said in a press  statement availed to the media yesterday that the association  made  efforts  to ensure that  fuel stations  continue receiving the crucial energy  to ensure constant supply to customers .

“Following various meetings with entrusted institutions, we have worked closely to ensure constant supply of fuel to the filling stations,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to  the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA), Ministry of Energy and other  government institutions for coming up with a system which allows fuel tankers to load the commodity for additional hours  by including Saturday and  to reduce long  queues  of trucks waiting to refill  at different deports in the country.

“Constructive meetings with all fuel regulatory authorities have yielded desired results, together we added Saturday and Sunday to be the working days to refill more tankers in order to decongest our depots,” Mr Mmasi said.

He said in most cases fuel tankers have been loading oil    day and night to prevent fuel shortage in the market that can be caused by disrupted supply chain.

Mmasi also thanked the oil marketing companies for being cooperative, a situation that helped to yield swift solution to the challenge.

Furthermore, he urged TAPSOA members and fuel consumers to stop worrying about fuel supply because currently fuel trucks are refilling the commodity at different depots across the country.

However, he alerted fuel stakeholders of oil delivery delays in some regions due to the large geographical size of the country where some regions are located very far from the fuel source (depots).

Additionally, he emphasised that the government has issued directives to all depot owners to offer 24 hours services in effort to keep pace with fuel demand in the country, assuring that soon or later the problem will be totally solved.

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