Thousands of vehicle owners will be benefitted from a Woqod initiative which allows users to pay for fuel using their debit and credit cards at petrol stations across the country from year-end.
Woqod chief executive officer Saad Rashid al-Muhannadi on Wednesday revealed that “Woqod is in the process of accepting debit and credit cards for fuel sales at petrol stations by the end of this year.”
Al-Muhannadi said that the number of petrol stations in operation under the company, including mobile facilities, has reached 58. Furthermore, 13 stations are under construction and 12 are under the tendering and designing process.
Woqod is looking to increase the number of stations to 83 by the end of 2018 and 120 by 2022. He said Woqod was coordinating with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment for the allocation of more sites for petrol stations.
Speaking about the Fahes centres, he said some two new vehicle inspection centres started operation in the period under review up to September. Another Fahes station will be opened by the end of this year.
The total sales volume of petroleum products for the period exceeded 4024mn litres, with an increase of 2.5% for the period that ended in September as compared to the same period last year.
Jet fuel sales increased by 11.5% to 3,315mn litres for the period that ended in September as compared to the same period last year.
He said that bitumen sales also saw a rise by four times for the period that ended in September, and that Woqod marine vessel occupancy rate increased by 12% for the period, driven by increased level of bitumen and “HFO Bunkering” operations.
On the other hand, LPG and natural gas (CNG) sales for the period increased by 14% and 0.9% respectively.