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Far East lacks diesel at a gas station
Owners of independent gas stations and industrial enterprises in the Primorsky Territory announced that they could not get the necessary volumes of winter diesel fuel. The same problem faced the owners of gas stations in other regions of the Far East in Eastern Siberia.
As told RBC The head of the Primorsky Fuel Union, Vladimir Chirskov, can buy diesel at affordable wholesale prices at the Neftegazholding and Rosneft oil depots, but due to the insufficient capacity of the Rosneft oil depot and the workload of the railway station to which it is tied, fuel delivery fails regularly. At the same time, fuel trucks stand idle for up to ten hours a day, and Neftegazholding ships only one ton per day.
It is not profitable to buy fuel on the exchange. As Reuters analyst Maxim Nazarov explained, there is not enough diesel fuel, because the cold has come, the demand for winter diesel fuel has grown, but the supply has not, so the exchange prices have grown.
Neftegazholding itself notes that the company has modest opportunities, therefore, in order not to drain its gas stations and provide social services with fuel, up to 30% of fuel is bought on the stock exchange, and one ton is delivered to commercial consumers in equal volumes.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service is discussing the situation with the owners of retail chains in the Far East and Siberia, and the government is looking for ways to solve the problem. Among the proposals is an increase in diesel sales by optimizing the production of kerosene and stopping the export of diesel fuel. Another proposal is to subsidize shippers of diesel fuel from the Urals and Siberia, to give a discount on logistics.