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Adnoc set to take over Eppco, Enoc petrol stations

UAE Government is moving to cancel licences owned by Eppco and Enoc in the northern emirates

  • By Abdulla Rasheed, Abu Dhabi Editor
  • Published: 00:00 July 5, 2011
  • Gulf News

Enoc Petrol Station at the Al Gulayaa area in Sharjah
  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • An Enoc petrol station at the Al Gulayaa area in Sharjah.

Abu Dhabi: National oil company Adnoc is poised to take over the running of Eppco and Enoc petrol stations in the northern emirates, Gulf News has learnt.

Sources in the oil sector said that the UAE Government is moving to cancel licences owned by Eppco and Enoc in the northern emirates and allow the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) to take over the running of the service stations.

They added that Adnoc has shown a high degree of interest in the matter and it will manage and run all the stations previously run by both companies.

Losses

Meanwhile, Eppco and Enoc are pressing the government to allow them to raise fuel prices, sources said.

The two companies say that the cap on prices is leading to massive losses due to rising crude oil prices on world markets.

Government sources said that both companies have released statements indicating their financial losses during the first half of 2011.

Emirates Petroleum Company (Emarat) was suffering similar losses until the UAE Cabinet increased the company's capital to about Dh9 billion at the end of last month.

They added that Eppco and Enoc have submitted reports to the Ministry of Finance and Industry recommending lifting the fuel price cap and letting the market decide what is a fair rate for fuel in the UAE.

They admitted, however, that lifting the ban may result in a tripling of the price of petrol, from around Dh6.80 per gallon to around Dh18.50.

Allowance

The companies made their case at a secret meeting in Abu Dhabi last week that was attended by several officials from the Ministry of Finance and Industry.

At the meeting, the Ministry of Finance suggested that a fuel allowance of about Dh2,000 per month for UAE nationals would balance out the potential increase in fuel prices for families.

But sources told Gulf News that the suggestion was strongly rejected by government officials.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 16:38 July 5, 2011

    The way ENOC and EPPCO stopped their supply is totally wrong. These companies should have approached the authorities long back and not stopped the supply as they did. This matter needs to be dealt very carefully to avoid problems to those who have jobs in ENOC/EPCO and common people. I am sure the government will wisely deal it in the benefit of public.

    Rasheed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:08 July 5, 2011

    Everyone knows the prices of fuel in adjacent countries...they are less than half of price what the people in UAE pay ! The oil companies should restructure themselves and stop causing inconveniences to large public.

    SRR, RAK, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:30 July 5, 2011

    I think it would be a good move for the consumers, but imagine the number of job losses on account of the takeover, I hope that ADNOC would be lenient in this.

    Farhan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:09 July 5, 2011

    Some oil companies are too greedy. Just want to thank the officials for rejecting Eppco's and Enoc's proposal for increasing the oil prices.

    mazin aziz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:41 July 5, 2011

    The price of crude oil in the international market is coming down. How can ADNOC control the fuel prices or other related issues while others can't? Its simple, EPPCO AND ENOC want to make more profit from the business by sqeezing the common man! As a united arab nation this should not be allowed at all by any means.

    Jebin, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:28 July 5, 2011

    A very good decision by the Government to stabilise the fuel supply and prices as well that will save nationals and residents to face another challenge in this time of global financial turmoil.

    Ahmad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:17 July 5, 2011

    May Allah bless our country

    Bu Rashid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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