Temburong fuel shortage riles district residents

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TEMBURONG residents have complained it has been difficult for them to fill up their petrol tanks regularly within the district.

Penghulu of Mukim Amo Hj Bahrun Hj Talib said he has noticed that one of district’s two filling stations, Koperasi Menjual Minyak Bersama Berhad Temburong (KMMB) in Bangar, had faced difficulties in providing fuel as its supply tends to finish within a day.

Penghulu of Mukim Bokok Hj Emran Hj Sabtu said KMMB used to receive fuel supply from two tankers every day except Sundays. In recent weeks, however, only one tanker has been deployed to deliver fuel to the filling station, said Hj Emran who is an active member of the cooperative that runs KMMB.

He said Temburong residents have had to put up with the difficulty in purchasing fuel regularly within the district for the past two to three months, but they felt the situation worsened during the recent Chinese New Year holiday weekend.

“Tankers usually send fuel on a daily basis, with the exception of Sundays. With the public holiday, we did not receive any deliveries,” said Hj Emran.

“We were informed that one of the tankers is out of commission and we had to make do with one tanker,” he added. A small tanker carries about 6,000 litres of fuel, he said.

In the past the petrol station received its supply via a ship that delivered about 30,000 litres per trip, said Hj Emran. At present, however, it is not safe for a fuel delivery ship to dock at the port, he added.

Hj Emran said it would take an estimated $100,000 to $200,000 to remove a metal structure at the port that, he said, might damage the ship and cause a fuel leak.

Hj Bahrun of Mukim Amo said: “Of the two stations, the one in Bangar has indeed been facing difficulties for the past few months. The fuel station in Negalang (owned by Negalang Maju Sdn Bhd) has relatively no issues in replenishing their supplies. Their situation does not seem so critical,” observed Hj Bahrun.

“Public outcry was particularly apparent today as motorists all headed towards the Negalang fuel station which is located along the highway, causing congestion,” he said, adding that tankers were seen going to the fuel stations last night to replenish supplies.

A spokesperson at Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sdn Bhd said technical issues are to blame for fuel supply situation in Temburong the past few days.

The spokesperson told The Brunei Times that there are “short-term delivery issues” in the district and that there is no stockout for the whole country. No explanation was provided on these delivery issues.

As of press time, a delivery to the fuel filling station was expected to be made at 7pm to replenish the fuel supply at the station, said the spokesperson.

The Brunei Times