by Quinton Alomp – EM TV News, Port Moresby
As El Nino conditions continue to take their effect on the Sirinumu Dam level outside of Port Moresby, owners of petrol engine vehicles are likely to ground their vehicles as a result of a fuel shortage.
Though consumers of water, electricity and fuel are advised to cut back on their consumption rates, the situation is likely to have effects on the entire city population.
The streets of Port Moresby are turning dry and dusty as the dry weather sets in.
While the dry season is taking its toll in the nation’s capital, vehicle owners are struggling with fuel supply rationing. As of last Saturday, Puma Energy service stations were turning away customers looking for petrol.
This morning, all Puma service stations turned away petrol engine vehicles. Some vehicle owners turned to road side sellers to buy petrol sold at inflated prices.
A vendor, John Monden, said he sells two litres of petrol for K30.
“I am making enough profit,” he said.
The Office of the Prime Minister said the Government is talking to Puma Energy to address this issue affecting the supply of fuel.
Puma Energy has taken this commercial decision to protect further loss and assets until negotiations with the government on appropriate customs and licensing regimes to continue its refining activities.
While fuel shortage are already worrying vehicle owners in the city, water and electricity suppliers are advising city residents to be conscious of using services wisely.