KUCHING: The supply of RON97 petrol in the city is expected to return to normal following the completion of scheduled maintenance work at the Senari Independent Oil Terminal (IOT) here.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Datuk Naroden Majais said a first ship carrying 2,500 tonnes of RON97 arrived at the terminal from Port Dickson on Wednesday.
He said the fuel was delivered to petrol stations in the city starting yesterday.
“We faced some problems with RON97 supply in the Kuching area since last December when the IOT’s RON97 storage tank was undergoing mandatory scheduled maintenance,” he told reporters after a briefing at the terminal yesterday.
“During this time, RON97 had to be transported here by lorry from Bintulu. At the same time, demand for RON97 increased by 400% when its price went down.
“Now that the maintenance work is completed, there will be sufficient supply of RON97 in Kuching.”
Naroden said demand for RON97 escalated to 120,000 litres a day from 40,000 litres prior to its price reduction under the managed float system.
The retail price of RON97 is currently RM2.26 per litre compared with RM2.75 last October.
State Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism deputy director Abd Hafidz A. Rahim said checks would be carried out to ensure that petrol stations in the city received sufficient supply of RON97.
He said not all stations were equipped to sell RON97 as it was an alternative fuel for motorists besides RON95.
“Before this, there was inconsistent supply of RON97 and it often ran out at petrol stations, leading to complaints from the public. Now we expect the problem to be resolved,” he said.