Bad weather in Serbia could jeopardize fuel supply

The Association of Serbian Oil Companies has announced that if the ban on using the rivers Danube, Sava and Tisa for transport and the problems with the railway transport continue, fuel supply in Serbia could be jeopardized.

The Association also said that extremely low temperatures in Serbia and the entire regions have created serious problems in logistics of delivering fuel.

“At the moment the supply on the Serbian market is going according to plan, but if the transport ban on the rivers Danube and Sava, and the problems with railway transport persist, there could be disturbances. Furthermore, certain refineries have been facing problems with their day-to-day operations (because of the low temperatures), as well as problems with transporting fuel through other countries”, the Association’s press release reads.

According to the data collated during the first nine months of this year, 12% of petrol, 33.5% of diesel and 54% of LPG, used by Serbian consumers, comes from import, while rivers and railways are usually used to transport them.

The importers have been using up the supplies they stocked last year, and are now forced to use a much more expensive road transport to deliver fuel to end users. If the current weather conditions do not improve, both the fuel supply and prices could be affected.

(Vecernje Novosti, 11.01.2017)


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