No scarcity in fuel, DOE assures

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THE Department of Energy- Visayas assured that there is enough supply of fuels in depots, but not all retail outlets have resumed business operations.

“We have enough supply of fuels in depots, but the problem is only few retail outlets are functioning at this moment... Most retail outlets were damaged, with no power source or still assessing their facility,” said Joey Mareza, DOE-Visayas’ Energy Industry Management Division chief.

Mareza was reacting to concerns from the public that fuel supplies were dwindling due to increasing demand after Typhoon Odette (Rai) hit Cebu last Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

The DOE met with oil companies on Saturday, Dec. 18, to assess the damage and the issues that have prevented them from operating.

“We will fast-track the restoration of retail outlets. The DOE will issue a public announcement as soon as we receive complete info,” he said.

As of 3 p.m Saturday, Dec. 18, Shell reported 45 closed retail outlets, of which 43 are in Cebu.

Phoenix’s depot in Consolacion was damaged, while Naga and Danao’s terminal incurred a damaged jetty.

PTT reported four closed retail outlets due to damage—one in Cebu, one in Talisay City and two in Lapu-Lapu City.

Jetti also reported 22 closed retail outlets—three in Talisay City, one in Mandaue City, three in Cebu City, one in Toledo City, two in Lapu-Lapu City, two in Liloan, and one in Minglanilla. The rest were in other parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

For Phoenix LPG, two depots can’t be contacted—Naga and Danao. For Petro Gazz, one retail outlet in Minglanilla was closed. (KOC)

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