Jordanians complain some Amman areas lack petrol stations

Fuel pumps at an Amman gas station. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Some Amman residents complained of the absence of petrol stations in some districts of the capital, which experts attribute to the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Authority’s approval of geographic areas where new stations can be licensed.اضافة اعلان

In some major Amman roads like Abdullah Ghosheh in the Seventh Circle, and Wadi Abdoun, off the Abdoun neighborhood, there are two petrol stations in each street, meters apart.

However, in Shafa Badran, a motorist may drive a few kilometers before finding a gas station.

Abdul Al-Rahman Al-Awamla, a citizen who lives in Sweifieh area, told Jordan News that he has to drive a “long distance” to fill up his car.

“This takes some effort, and incurs additional expense, especially with the high prices of gasoline and oil derivatives,” he groaned.

He said that the absence of fuel stations in some districts “is a serious challenge, and if we calculate the long-term cost of driving elsewhere to fill up the car’s gas tank, the amount will be enormous”.

Awamla questioned how people who live in outlying villages, or remote areas can cope. “They may need to travel a long distance to fill up their cars with gasoline, or get fuel to heat up their homes.”

“What would they do in cases of emergency?” he asked.

Shadi Al-Rawashdeh, a 33-year-old public servant, said that “sometimes, my car runs out of petrol, and cuts me off in the middle of the road.”

“In remote areas, I have to walk for several kilometers to find a gas station,” he said. “This is due to the poor distribution of gas stations in Amman, and the suffocating traffic jams, which forces a higher consumption of gas.”

“We need more fuel stations,” he declared. “Most importantly, the concerned authorities should encourage the new ones to set in areas with high population density.”

Energy and mineral expert Hashem Akel told Jordan News that the poor distribution in the locations of gas stations affects many residents in some areas of the capital.

Akel called on the concerned authorities to adopt objective studies that help in determining the correct and right standards for the distribution of gas stations.

“The licensing procedure should not just be limited to a geographical approval,” he said. “It should be according to careful studies by urban planners who can determine the locations ripe for licensing new stations.”

Energy expert Amer Al-Shobaki called for the need to study the problem of distributing gas stations extensively, and to conduct the necessary studies.

He said that “constitutes a defect in the population distribution and planning systems, not to mention that facilitating the licensing process will open the door for investments in a large scale.”

The general manager of one of the famous gas stations in the capital, who asked not to be identified further, said that petrol stations are governed by strict laws and regulations.

“We submitted a request to the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Authority to set up a fuel station in an area that was in dire need of a station due to the presence of a large number of citizens living in it, but the request was rejected at that time under the pretext that the land on which the station will be built belongs to a residential neighborhood,” the businessman said.

Head of the Syndicate of Owners of Gas Stations and Distribution Centers Nahar Al-Saidat said that there are “many conditions governing the licensing of fuel stations”.

“Licensing a fuel station is not an easy task,” he told Jordan News. He said that the process takes long as it “is subject to the approval and control” of various government agencies.

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