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Nilepet needs support to supply more

The Managing Director of Nilepet has said the company had taken over petrol stations that were under Trinity, adding they were already operating in Juba like Suhan and Capital Petrol Stations.

James Thelweng Mathiang said others were still on the pipeline to come up and at the same time the Government subsidies were very minimal. He added that Nilepet being a parasternal company had limited capacity to supply all the petrol stations that is why sometimes some petrol stations do not get fuel.

The National Petroleum (Nilepet) Oil and Gas Corporation is a State-Owned Petroleum Company established in 2003 under the Civil Authority for New Sudan (CANS) to link oil companies with CANS, the then civil government in the liberated areas.

Nilepet was incorporated on June 1st, 2009 under the New Sudan (South) Companies Act 2003 by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, Government of South Sudan.

Nilepet is the technical, operational and commercial arm of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in the government. It was created to build the technical capabilities of the Government to maximize oil profit.

Its aims are to explore, develop, produce, add value and manage resources in an efficient manner; promote the sustainability and growth of the national oil industry, safeguard national oil interest and guarantee higher returns for the nation; develop capable and competent management and technical workforce; and be a Socially Responsible and environmentally-friendly business entity in the country which is currently headed by the new Managing Director, James Thelweng Mathiang Rok who is the first to meet with the petrol station owners and managers in  and around Juba City.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Chol Deng, Director General for Downstream who welcomed the gathering and petrol station owners. He said the meeting was about outlets including, Nilepet and all other retail outlets in Juba.

Dr. Chol mentioned that some of the challenges facing Nilepet, were, among others, new petrol station coming up and high demand for fuel since Nilepet was initially supposed to bring one third of the total market share, and that one third the state parastatal was unable to bring, let alone the other two thirds that are supposed to be brought by private petrol stations and dealers, adding Nilepet had high demand against little supply.

He reiterated that petrol stations must stick on their prices of 22 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) a litre and not more than that,  emphasizing on the cooperation between the zone supervisors and petrol station owners that must allow the Deeping process to  ensure the amount of fuel left must be the same the following morning. “If any petrol station refuses to cooperate with the supervisors it will indicate that there is something wrong and this will leave us with no option but to call for investigation for that particular station. Security is central in this process of Deeping. They are working hand in hand with the supervisors and the report is presented to the office”, he added

For the benefit of the public, petrol stations buys fuel from Nilepet at the rate of 20 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) and they sell to the public at the rate of 22 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP), for convenience Nilepet allocated Mush petrol station for Bonga Buses and Nilepet at Konyokonyo for water tanks for ease of service delivery.

On March 3, 2017, the new Managing Director, James Thelweng Mathiang Rok welcomed the gathering and thanked them for responding to his call. In his remarks he emphasised on the need for cooperation among the working group in the field due to lack of fuel in the country. Petrol stations owners could bring their own fuel but due to high prices which are not competitive, the reason why Nilepet is the only supplier of fuel.

“The main reason for this meeting is to introduce myself to you and to know one another “,mentioning the issue of prices and how many litres should be allocated for small cars 40 litres, big cars 60 litres and Trans state trucks allocated from 120 to– 400 litres. He further explained the rationing of fuel. He said that it’s for the benefit of the citizens, that each person get a portion for at least a week, and for quick service to the public, Nilepet had allocated two petrol stations for water tanks and Bonga Buses. For that reason if some petrol stations did not get fuel on time, they should be assured that it was not deliberate as they would get next delivery. There are five zones to be allocated fuel accordingly.

Petrol Stations must cooperate with security attaché because there is no space for black market and if the security attaché are the problem to the petrol station report them immediately for action to be taken. He also reiterated on the issue of Deeping to avoid irregularity by petrol station owners

He confirmed his support to the petrol station owners and partners, adding that his office was open for any complaint, advice or information.

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