The National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) had denied rumours of a fuel shutdown today.
The claim started yesterday on social media platforms and quickly spread as Trinbagonians were encouraged to fill their tanks due to the ensuing island-wide shutdown. The messages further said the impending closure of service stations was due to increased taxes proposed in the recent 2020 Budget presentation, an assertion the Government has denied.
The reports prompted NP to issue a statement late yesterday, dispelling the notion.
“NP wishes to advise the public that our operations are running as normal and that we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that a continuous and reliable supply of fuel is delivered across the country.”
What’s more, NP said that since yesterday “the placing of orders for the purchase of all liquid fuel products continued unabated, with deliveries to service stations taking place today as scheduled, and others being scheduled for tomorrow, based on orders received from our dealers.”
The Trinidad and Tobago National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited is a diversified petroleum marketing company, which operates the largest service station network in the country.