Fuel rationing at St. Maarten airport ends

POSTED: 01/5/12 1:00 PM

St. Maarten – The rationing of Jet A1 fuel at the Princess Juliana International Airport was relaxed Wednesday ahead of the arrival of a shipment on Friday. The rationing began earlier this week because Sol faced a “severe shortage” brought on by to limited supplies from Petrotrin Refinery in Trinidad. The refinery is the primary source of Jet A1 fuel within the region and the reduced supply affected St. Maarten and several of its regional neighbors.

Regular supply has now been restored with the first shipment arriving on Monday and a second one set to arrive on Friday. During the rationing Sol used jet fuel from the strategic stock pile in Antigua. A company release states that action allowed the company to reduce the impact of the shortage.

Sol has also announced that if regulators give their approval they’ll be able to build a 25, 000 barrel storage tank in Cole Bay. This will lead to “a substantial increase in the on-island jet fuel storage capacity.”

“Sol would like to take this opportunity to thank its many customers and the local authority for their understanding and assistance rendered during this difficult period and pledges to continue to do all within its power to ensure that adequate fuel supplies are maintained at the airport,” the company release stated.

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