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Recommendation to conduct a second study on the commission of gas stations

Amman Today

publish date 2023-07-09 15:11:06

The head of the parliamentary Energy and Mineral Resources Committee, Talal Ensour, said that the committee will submit a recommendation to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources that includes conducting a second study on the impact of costs on the commission of fuel stations and the challenges facing the fuel sector.

He added, while chairing a meeting of the committee held today, Sunday, in which the issue of the commission of fuel stations was discussed, that a four-month period was given to submit the results of the study, in order to take the appropriate action in this regard.

Al-Nsour explained that, based on the letter addressed by the Hydrocarbons Syndicate to the “Parliamentary Energy”, regarding their demand to raise the commission of the fuel stations, the Syndicate presented an extensive previous analytical study on the commission, indicating that the study was conducted by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International Group at the request of Ministry of Energy.

And he indicated that, according to the union’s book, this study analyzed the reality of the dilapidated gas stations during the period between 2018 and 2022, as it was found that they are exposed to losses due to the low sales commission, as a result of many reasons, including: the sharp decrease in sales, the increase in expenses Operational and wages, the increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles, the increase in the number of fuel stations, the increase in the prices of oil derivatives, while the commission value set since 2018 remains the same, amounting to 18 fils / liter, which is already insufficient, in addition to the challenges that the sector went through during the coronavirus pandemic. Corona from successive losses and closures, stations are still suffering from effects until now.

The meeting was attended by: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, Secretary General of the Ministry, Amani Al-Azzam, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, Ziyad Al-Sa’ida, Head of the Hydrocarbons Syndicate, Nahar Al-Sa’ida, and a number of representatives of hydrocarbon companies.

For their part, the deputies: Muhammad al-Khalayleh, Abdullah Awwad, Musa Abu Hantash, Shadi Freij, Ali al-Tarawneh, Saleh al-Wakhian, Ghazi al-Thunayyat, Faliha al-Subaitan, and Raed al-Dhahrawi demanded the need to raise the “commissions” and to involve the Hydrocarbon Owners Syndicate in the committee formed in this regard.

They appreciated the companies’ role in “Jordanizing” the workers in the stations, calling for the need to raise their wages.

In turn, Kharabsheh said that the Ministry of Energy conducts a comprehensive and periodic review of commissions granted to station owners, adding that a study will be conducted by another company to find out the reality of the situation.

He called on companies and stations to think seriously about establishing “malls”, restaurants or groceries to increase their profits, and to keep pace with the development towards the trend of owning electric vehicles by adding electric chargers at the stations.

Kharabsheh stressed that the ministry is moving towards liberalizing the prices of oil derivatives within balances that preserve the rights of everyone (companies, citizens, and investors), while he asked the hydrocarbons captain to provide him with the names of the stations that violate the conditions for granting the license to be followed up by the regulatory authorities affiliated with the “energy.”

He stressed that if companies or stations do not achieve the required profit, this does not imply that the commission they collect is unfair, explaining that no new burden can be imposed on citizens.

For his part, Al-Saaida said that the licensing committee includes in its membership the following: Greater Amman Municipality, Municipalities, Traffic Department, Civil Defense, and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. Provided that the station fulfills all conditions.

For his part, Al-Saidat said that the fuel sector suffered great losses during and after the pandemic of the new Corona virus, indicating that as a result of citizens’ tendency to own hybrid and electric cars, sales of stations decreased by about 400 million dinars annually, which negatively affected the sector.

He warned that some stations in the countryside and villages will not be able to secure kerosene during the coming periods.

Al-Saeedat presented some of the reasons for the losses incurred by the private stations and the three companies as a result of the high prices of oil derivatives and the decline in the purchasing power of citizens, in addition to opening the door wide to grant licenses to open the stations.

He demanded that the current commission be raised in order to achieve a minimum return to enable the stations to continue in the market without losses.

It is noteworthy that the study, conducted by Abu-Ghazaleh and Partners Investments Company, recommended setting new controls and instructions for licensing stations, based on market needs and providing protection for existing stations, with an increase of more than 15 fils over the current commission, to become 33 fils per liter.

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