No end to fuel shortage after three weeks

Petrol shortage in Sharjah and northern emirates entered third week with no signs of ending soon, even as officials remain silent over the reason behind the crisis.

A public statement by the ENOC group, the parent company of Eppco and Enoc stations, is still forthcoming despite Sharjah Executive Council’s plea and the sustained silence is only fueling speculations, UAE’s oldest English daily Khaleej Times reported.

The shortage has affected Ajman, Umm Al Quiwain and Ras Al Khaimah, but the emirate of Sharjah is worst hit, with dozens of stations running dry.

Despite several attempts no official from the company has spoken to media and Enoc customer care number 8003665 also remains out of service.

Snaking queues Sharjah motorists continue to make beeline to petrol stations in neighbouring Dubai where all the petrol stations – including  those run by Enoc group – operate normally.

Motorists urge  those responsible to end the crisis and hope the situation would return to normal soon.

Ahmed Al Salam, a Sharjah resident, said that he turned up early to obtain petrol from any petrol station in Al Qusais to fill his vehicle. “I am looking forward for the situation to go back to normal. I want to be spared of the inconvenience and the hassle as a result of this fuel supply disruption.”

Dubai taxi drivers are also complaining of time wasted in long queues for petrol, disrupting their work.

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