27 Sep 2016

Tongan fuel shortage eases

12:56 pm on 27 September 2016

A petrol shortage in the Tongan islands of Vava'u has reportedly eased after six tanktainers of fuel arrived over the weekend.

Matangi Tonga reports that Vava'u has been suffering a petrol shortage since early September.

The last time a Pacific Energy tanker called into Vava'u was on August 18.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Revenue and Customs in Vava'u said the MV Leiloa of the Matson Shipping arrived with its shipment of six tanktainers carrying 23,000 litres of fuel each.

The Governor's Office said the fuel was being sold for a little higher price than normal but but it is better than nothing.

The two companies that import fuel to Tonga are Pacific Energy and Total Fiji.

Pacific Energy's Tonga manager, Paula Taufa, said they are having problems securing a tanker and that is the reason for the hold up in deliveries.

However he said a tanker is expected to arrive on October 5.

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