Motorists may experience problems purchasing gas at Unipet stations today.
The company’s CEO Dexter Riley said there have been rumors that there would be a strike and consumers were warned that it would lead to the shortage. Speaking in a television interview this morning, Riley would not admit to a strike, rather he said that there will be problems with the ability to purchase fuel at Unipet gas stations.
Following the report of the shortage, the company issued a statement:
“In an effort to reduce our operating costs, Unipet and some members of the Petroleum Dealers Association (PDA) cut back their operations today with gas stations scheduled to re-open on Wednesday 29th October at 6:00 am. This is in an attempt to trim operating costs which have been severely impinged by the Regulator not providing sustainable margins to the industry.”
Riley did not confirm whether or not there would be a meeting with the Regulator today, however he did say that Unipet remains committed to working out the issues within the shortest possible time. Some of the Unipet service stations affected today are Santa Cruz, Charlieville, Freeport, Cocorite, Chaguanas and Couva.
Meanwhile social media reports quote the NP Chairman as saying that he does not expect that the NP stations will be shutting down. He said that they have been speaking to their dealers and have a level of assurance that they will not be closing.
He assured that they will not do anything to inconvenience the public.