Petrol shortage in Gauteng set to continue

The Fuel Retailers Association says petrol shortages persist in Johannesburg, which may take a week to return to normal.

The shortages are due to issues at two major fuel plants.

The association said that a Durban refinery has shut down for plant maintenance, while disruptions continue at the SAPREF refinery, a joint venture between Shell SA Refining and BP Southern Africa.

SAPREF is the largest crude oil refinery in Southern Africa with 35% of South Africa’s refining capacity.

CEO at Fuel Retailers Association, Reggie Sibiya told PowerFM on Tuesday morning (11 August) that the situation remains bleak as shortages persist at BP stations mostly.

“We hope the disruptions do not last more than a week; everything is being done to return the situation to normality,” Sibiya said on Monday, noting that more than a 100 filling stations were affected.

On 5 August, the price of 93 and 95 petrol dropped 51 cents, while the price of diesel  fell by 76 cents per litre.

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Petrol shortage in Gauteng set to continue