Energy rich country out of gas, electricity
Petrol remained largely unavailable in majority of the petrol pumps in Sharjah even as the Sharjah Executive Council’s deadline for answers from the company crept past. However, no explanations were forthcoming from the ENOC group, the parent company of retailers ENOC and EPPCO that are the most affected.
To add fuel to fire, residents of Sharjah suffered from unannounced power cuts on Wednesday and Thursday. Residents complained that power was cut for over two hours from 11am to 1pm and then again from 7pm to 9pm in several parts of Sharjah, including Rolla. Last year, frequent and unannounced power cuts during the peak summer months made life miserable for residents. The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) said such cuts would not happen again.
Angry and frustrated motorists queued at ADNOC and Emarat pumps, waiting for hours for their turns. Others still headed to Dubai to fill up their car tanks. “This problem has crossed all limits now,” said an angry motorist who had been driving around for nearly an hour and finally queued at an Emarat pump. “We need answers.”
Answer: the price mechanism has been tampered with.