~ Fuel re-established in country ~
PHILIPSBURG–The long lines that were visible at gas stations around the country after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria should be a thing of the past now.
Sol Antilles announced on Friday that residents once again have “full access” to fuels from the island’s five Sol service stations. Sol said it has re-established service at the Tackling, Sucker Garden, St. Peters, Risdon’s and Madame Estate service stations. The re-establishment of supply means that residents once again have reliable access to fuel for vehicles, electricity generation and cooking.
“I genuinely thank our teams who have been working tirelessly under challenging circumstances to re-establish service and we are happy to confirm that our five service stations are fully operational,” Sol St. Maarten General Manager David Antrobus said in a press release on Friday.
“Providing our customers with a safe, reliable supply of energy products is our top priority and we are satisfied that all of the necessary assessments have been conducted to ensure the safety and security of our operation and the integrity of our products and delivery systems.”
The company has restored its aviation services, as well as supply to utilities company GEBE. Sol has also re-established service to the Island Water World Marina and is working to restore the delivery of its energy products to the other affected marinas as soon as possible.
“We expect to have our marinas fully functional for the marine season, which begins in November. The company has reinstated its [liquefied petroleum gas – Ed.] LPG product supply to commercial customers which has facilitated the operating restaurants, bakeries and hotels to commence business. Our pack LPG product is available to residential customers through our distributor, Island Cooking Gas, whilst we concentrate on re-establishing our island-wide reseller network,” he said.
Sol is receiving replenishment of all products via the company’s fully-functioning terminals on a weekly basis and service stations are operational from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily.
“We are confident that we have sufficient supply to meet the needs of the island on a continuous basis and there is no shortage and we would like to thank the public for their patience as we underwent the necessary safety checks, tests and repairs before reinstating island-wide distribution.
“Most importantly, thanks must be given to Sol’s staff and contractors at the Cay Bay and PJIA [Princess Juliana International Airport SXM – Ed.] depots as well as at all service stations for their great efforts and service in getting our operations back to where they are today,” he noted.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70081-five-sol-gas-stations-have-now-reopened