Shortage of diesel hits industries

Shortage of diesel hits industries
Updated 31 May 2014

Shortage of diesel hits industries

Shortage of diesel hits industries

A severe diesel shortage has hit many industries across the Kingdom, including Jeddah and Riyadh.
Several bakeries that have been affected by diesel supply shortages are facing closure, while the transport and agricultural sectors have also been hit hard by the crisis.
A top bakery located in the eastern part of Jeddah has not produced bread supplies in three days, bakery workers told Arab News.
The shortage has been confirmed by several petrol pump workers in the city.
The price of diesel has been surging over the past couple of weeks. Indeed, finding diesel has been no easy task for truck drivers in Jeddah.
“We have to wait at least two hours in the queue before we can get out of the station,” said Mohammed Choudhry, a truck driver who fills up every other day.
He said that the crisis is not only confined to Jeddah, but has also spread to Makkah, Taif and Riyadh.
“I am having difficulty finding diesel,” he said. “It is a major challenge and prices also vary from place to place depending on the type of vehicle.”
Several agriculture farms that need diesel for water pumps at farms are also facing a crisis.
“Crops that have almost fully ripened are being damaged and purchasing illegal diesel from the black market is not an option,” said agricultural farming sources. “Yet diesel consumption is a necessity during the scorching summer months.”
Mohammed Nazeer, an Indian expatriate in Al-Kharj, told Arab News that the shortage is creating problems in the area, but Mohammed Nazir, a Pakistani farm operator in Tabuk, said that the problem has yet to reach them.
“Truck drivers can scour the area in search of supplies, but farms have to wait for supplies to be delivered, making the problem worse for this sector,” he said.