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Delta Petroleum hits back @ BVIEC over fuel supply woes

Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Limited (Delta), has hit back at BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) over a statement from the BVIEC, that it had to take steps to procure diesel fuel for electricity generation elsewhere after Delta Petroleum was unable to fulfill its contractual obligations. Photo: Delta Petroleum
The BVI Electricity Corporation has said it has had to swiftly taken steps to procure the necessary No. 2 diesel fuel for the continued production of electricity at the Henry Wilfred Smith Power Station in Pockwood Pond, since its contracted supplier Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Limited has said it will be unable to fulfill its contractual obligations. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Electricity Corporation has said it has had to swiftly taken steps to procure the necessary No. 2 diesel fuel for the continued production of electricity at the Henry Wilfred Smith Power Station in Pockwood Pond, since its contracted supplier Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Limited has said it will be unable to fulfill its contractual obligations. Photo: VINO/File
PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Limited (Delta), has hit back at BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) over a statement from the Corporation, that it had to take steps to procure diesel fuel for electricity generation elsewhere after Delta Petroleum was unable to fulfill its contractual obligations.

Delta Petroleum in May 13, 2022, press release from CEO Carlos F. Robles said it was left surprised and disappointed by BVIEC’s press release of May 10, 2022, and as such would be setting the record straight regarding the supply of No. 2 Diesel Fuel to BVIEC.

It said the disruption of fuel supply worldwide resulting from the war between Russia and the Ukraine impacted the availability of fuel in the Caribbean and particularly the diesel grade BVIEC had chosen to rely on.

“On April 8, 2022, Delta requested a meeting with BVIEC Management to identify alternative fuel solutions. Delta was acutely aware of the far-reaching implications for BVIEC and the BVI’s people, businesses, and economy. We did manage to meet with the Chair of BVIEC on April 13th. However, despite numerous requests, written and oral, BVIEC Management was unwilling to meet and discuss the situation and risk that it posed.” 

The statement continued, “Delta and BVIEC Management finally met on May 5, 2022, one month after Delta had formally raised the risk and its concerns. Delta was determined that BVIEC’s fuel supply should be maintained. An extraordinary supply of 100,000 gallons of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) was indeed delivered on Monday, May 9, 2022. BVIEC terminated our agreement on May 10, 2022.”

Delta proposed other fuels - CEO Robles 

The company said supply issues aside, in October 2021’s contractual negotiations, Delta implored BVIEC to consider including ULSD as a backup supply plan as the No.2 Diesel demand is under 5% in the Caribbean market and dwindling.

“Delta’s position was based on known No.2 Diesel Fuel supply concerns, and the fact that No.2 Diesel Fuel is environmentally unfriendly (dirtier than other suitable and readily available fuels), which is surprising given BVIEC’s well-publicized Green initiatives” Delta Petroleum added.

Delta said in October  2021, it warned BVIEC Management and Board in a formal presentation that ULSD should be included in its Supply Agreement to mitigate the identified risk to No.2 Diesel Fuel supply.

“ULSD is in plentiful supply and is a more environmentally friendly product causing less pollution / environmental impact. BVIEC chose to ignore Delta’s professional advice," it added. 

Delta says it remains committed to supplying fuel to its customers and to work with customers to identify solutions when supply is put at risk by global events.

12 Responses to “Delta Petroleum hits back @ BVIEC over fuel supply woes ”

  • Typical (14/05/2022, 10:03) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the blame shall begin. I’m seriously considering going solar.
    • LCS (14/05/2022, 12:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Go solar. You won't regret it. Do it while duty free possibility is there.
  • dumb as a rock (14/05/2022, 10:15) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    I completely agree with Delta's position.
    BVIEC has chosen to ignore not only Delta's advice regarding fuel, but other advise regarding the running, maintenance and other issues over the years. Any issues the BVIEC is facing regarding fuel or operational issues is 100% their own doing.
    • @ your really dumb as rock (14/05/2022, 16:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Seems that as far as your dumb comment is concern do you know that the ULSD Diesel cost more in price.. did Delta said anywhere in what you read about they going to sell BVIEC as at lost them? Please man Electricity I’d done high a ready and to buy ULSD diesel from delta guess what dump A@@.
  • dont mind them (14/05/2022, 10:48) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    SOL delivering the proper fuel and they are affected by the same war........BLAH BLAH BLAH
  • deano (14/05/2022, 11:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is Abraham still on the job?
  • Politics. (14/05/2022, 11:57) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Political advantage. Delta has always gotten an advantage under VIP Govt..Remember the COI identify the alleged stolen land...Yep. Now Fahie is out things have changed...
  • Kyiv (14/05/2022, 13:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isn’t it a lack of intelligence and understanding? Why aren’t meetings taken? Oh all people hired are family members or friends of each other? It doesn’t just stop with the government it’s rife throughout!
  • agreed (14/05/2022, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    To many, cousins, uncles, aunts, etc… this looks like favoritism. I’m sorry but if there is a opening in my business, I am not hiring you because you are related to me, I don’t owe you that. You have to go through the same hiring process as the other applicants.You also have to have experience and qualifications for the job.I am not going to hire a cashier to do an accounting job.
  • one eye (14/05/2022, 15:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is always two sides
  • hm (15/05/2022, 00:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What record is there for Delta to set straight? Its simple, they were in contract to provide a certain grade of fuel and couldnt meet their obligations. If we wanted the substitute, clearly we would have asked for it from day 1, as an approved alternative, so in a case like this- life would be ez for both parties. Delta needs to be held responsible for breaching the contract and right compensate BVIEC for any fail economic opportunities and associated cost, which really us the consumer end up paying.
  • Lucky (17/05/2022, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a resident of Virgin Gorda and honestly it looks like the office staff at the BVIEC have some point to prove where it comes to us in vg.
    every time a bill is issued we don't get bills any more but the office staff in tortola is always instructing the vg staff to cut the customers no questions asked. the dam bills are higher than ever with this fuel charge that we the customers should not have to be punished for.
    the staff in tortola that have their poin to prove against virgin gorda residents, when you hate on people for to prove a point or to get someone higher than you to look at you and say u are doing a good job. your turn is just around the corner. look at what is going on in this little country its only a matter of time. god dont sleep.
    you are a bunch of evil minded wicked people.
    one day very soon, you all that is there sitting in your offices ordering us to be disconnected will be among us looking for a job or asking for our forgiveness. god is good.
    do your job but try to understand the situation of the people some times.
    what ever you have to prove will be proven, time will tell. evil asses.


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