FUEL SHORTAGE CRIPPLES PAPUA

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, August 19) – An month-long petrol shortage in the Indonesian province of Papua has grounded more than 200 fishermen in the region’s capital of Jayapura.

The fishermen say they have had to queue for more than three days to get only a few liters of petrol, which isn’t enough for them to launch their boats.

Provincial officials say the operations of taxis and public buses in the province have also been affected by the scarcity that’s caused by distribution problems at the state oil company, Pertamina.

The shortage in the province has lasted for more than a month.

It means petrol retailers are only able to stock half of their normal supplies, and prices in remote areas have risen by more than 40 percent.

August 20, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/

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