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7 oCT 2008

BRUNEI Energy: New rule to curb fuel outflow

In a further attempt to prevent unauthorised sale of petrol and diesel to vehicles from outside the Sultanate, the relevant authorities have introduced new regulations effective October 1, 2007.

The new directives from the Energy Division of Prime Minister's Office came in the wake of growing concerns over the proliferation of sale of petrol and diesel to unregistered vehicles in Brunei.

According to new directive, unregistered vehicles and vessels in Brunei will only be allowed to buy fuel at designated petrol stations.

They will only be allowed a maximum purchase of $6 of diesel and a maximum purchase of $10 motor gasoline 97 per day respectivelyeffective October 1, 2007.

The new rules were announced by the Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) Sdn Bhd, Pg. Hj Yasmin Pg. Mohamad to the Weekend yesterday, citing the directive from the Energy Division of the Prime Minister's Office.

The additional directive also highlighted that the selling of 'gasoline motor regular 85' and 'gasoline motor super 92' will not be allowed for vehicles and vessels not registered in Brunei.

There are only 10 filling stations throughout the country whereby vehicles not registered in Brunei could buy such petrol, he added.

For the Brunei-Muara District, the filling stations are the Gadong Filling Station, Badan Tahnmiah Petrol Station & Trading in Kg Limau Manis, Mar'azmala Petrol Station at Jln Jerudong and Bunut Shell Service Station at Kg Perpindahan Bunut.

In the Belait District, it will be the Petrol Station Koperasi Peladang Kg Sg Teraban at Jln Sungai Satu and the Roxana Shell Service Station at Jln Tengah in Seria.

For the Temburong District, it will be the Koperasi Menjual Minyak Temburong at Jln Batang Duri and the Petrol Station Negalang Maju Sdn Bhd at Kg Negalang Batu Apoi. For Petrol stations in Brunei waters this includes, the Majra Petrol Station and the Seri Cermin Petrol Station.

Diesel and gasoline are oil products that are subsidised while their export is limited under Customs Order (Prohibition and Restriction towards Import and Export).

Through this effort the government of His Majesty ensures that selling of oil products continue to be controlled, the Energy Division of the Prime Minister's Department announced the 1st October".

Borneo Bulletin recently exposed the increasing trend of petrol tankers from a neighbouring country fuelling at Brunei's filling stations taking undue advantage of a cheaper rate. in some cases, fuel tanks were even modified to accommodate extra fuel, the report added.

The new rules are part of the continued efforts carried out by the Energy Division of the Prime Minister's Office to ensure the control of sales of petroleum products since the first directives on limitation of oil purchases were implemented effective January 1, 2006.

Under the first directives effective January 1, 2006, customers were allowed to purchase only a limited amount of gasoline or diesel. In some cases, purchases were limited to Brunei Identity Card holders and local registered company(s) only.

For every purchase where the gasoline or diesel is filled directly into a vehicle's fuel tank, the amount was limited to one full tank and in any case should not exceed 250 litres.

For every purchase where the gasoline or diesel is filled into a container, the container to be used must be a container that has been approved for use by the Brunei Shell Marketing Sdn Bhd (BSM) and the amount should not exceed 100 litres. Purchases were limited to Brunei Identity Card holders only.

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