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Relaxed orders allow companies to re-fuel on Sundays

The Cabinet has issued a slight relaxation to the state of emergency orders, including allowing companies to refuel their petrol stores on Sundays.

A ban on motorists filling up their cars and petrol stations opening on Sundays remains in force.  

According to a Government statement, the new amendments to the S.O.E. were signed into law Friday evening by Samoa Head of State of Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II upon the advice of the Cabinet. 

The amendments were effective as of Saturday, 15 August, 2020, according to a statement issued late on Friday evening by the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet (M.P.M.C.) through the Government Press Secretariat.

The headline change to the emergency orders is giving Petroleum Products Supply, Ltd. (P.P.S.) the green light to refuel the country’s petroleum storage tanks this Sunday. 

The change was necessary to allow for fuel ships to dock and replenish the nation’s fuel supply, according to the statement. 

The amendment allows P.P.S. and dock labourers to work on Sunday in order to refill Samoa’s gas tanks.

Additionally, the S.O.E. amendment allows the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) to re-fuel in order to power up homes across the country with electricity.

Imported fuel diesel, unleaded fuel and kerosene arrives at the wharf in Matautu via ship and the fuel is then pumped into the storage tanks at Matautu.

From Matautu, the fuel is transported via underground pipeline to the fuel distribution center in Sogi.

At Sogi, delivery trucks fill up and distribute the fuel to various locations in the country as needed.

The message was disseminated in the Samoan language. It is printed below verbatim:

E tasi le teuteuga fou i le Poloaiga mo Faalavelave Faafuasei mo le COVID 19 e pei ona faatulafonoina e le Ao Mamalu ole Malo e faavae I fatuaga na solaupuleina ma faamaonia e le Kapeneta i le afiafi nei.

O nei teuteuga olo’o auiliili atu i lalo:

Faatagaina ole kamupani o le Petroleum Products Supply Ltd mo le faatumuina o le suauu mo Samoa I Aso Sa.

Ona o lona tulaga faanatinati ua faataga ai le Malaga mai o le vaasuauu e auina mai le suauuilaufanua o Samoa ona o tulaga maaleale o loo iai le suauui le taimi nei.

            O vaega nei e moomia mo lenei galuega

  1. Le faataga ona galulue le Petroleum Products Supply Ltd (PPS) ma le Pulega o Uafu ma Taulaga mo le toe faatumuina o le suauu mo Samoa faapea ma nisi vaasuauu e faamoemoe e taunuu mai i le atunuu. O le amata faamamaluina o nei suiga i le AsoTofi 6 Aokuso 2020 seia toe iai se isi faaaliga.

  2. Le tuuina atu o le suauu mo le EPC i le Aso Sa 16 Aokuso 2020 mo le gaosia o le eletise mo le atunuu.

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