Diesel shortage in South Africa is expected until end of May

Sapia said that stock rationing is being implemented to manage demand and preserve stock.

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) confirmed on 26 May that there is inadequate stock of diesel in the country.

According to a statement by Sapia,

“Since the easing of lockdown restrictions and the transition from Alert Level 5 to Alert Level 4, the opening of the economy has resulted in a more rapid recovery than expected. There has been a dramatic increase in demand for diesel.”

Sapia said that stock rationing is being implemented to manage demand and preserve stock. The association also said that unplanned shutdowns were a contributing factor which led to this and the shortage.

They said the shortage is likely to continue until the end of May.

“Both refineries in Durban are currently starting up and on spec production is expected by month-end. Diesel supply will then be normalised,” said Sapia.

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