Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Irony watch: Fuel shortages in the oil-rich UAE

These shortages are caused by something like price controls: state-owned retail fuel companies that are not willing (and, perhaps, able) to meet market demand at the price they have set, but are also not willing increase price to stave off shortages.

Story 1
Employees at petrol stations in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah say the Special variety ran out days ago, insisting that they have not been informed when they could expect further supplies.

The shortages also affected Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, but the company does not have a presence in Dubai.
Story 2
Abu Dhabi: A diesel shortage affected many sectors in Abu Dhabi on Monday, with trucks stuck in massive queues waiting to refuel.

Households and restaurants suffered due to a lack of a supply of essential items. The transportation of labourers from worksites to their accommodation was also affected.

Diesel vehicles have had to queue at fuel stations in Mussaffah since Sunday morning, as the sale of diesel was stopped in Abu Dhabi City.
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The huge difference in diesel prices between Abu Dhabi and Dubai has caused massive queues at Adnoc Distribution diesel pumps, where Dubai-registered vehicles queue up for cheaper diesel.
Most petrol and diesel consumed in the UAE is refined outside the country. Adnoc, owned by Abu Dhabi is not under pressure to be profitable. The Dubai-owned companies are, but have been reluctant to set prices above Adnoc's. This reluctance has broken as world prices for oil rose considerably in the last year.

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2 Comments:

Blogger alexander... said...

It's great fun isn't it? Even better, ADNOC has totally run out of 'special' grade unleaded petrol!!!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Good Job! :)

9:51 PM  

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