ABU DHABI // The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has been directed to "help solve" Sharjah's petrol shortage, the state news agency WAM reported.
WAM said yesterday the directive came from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Eppco and Enoc stations in the emirate have been out of petrol for weeks, leading Sharjah's Executive Council to demand a solution or an explanation.
A company spokesman said several weeks ago that the shortage was caused by technical upgrades there, but no such work was taking place at any of its plants in Sharjah.
WAM reported that Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, hailed Sheikh Mohammed's directive yesterday.
This week, motorists in Sharjah said they hoped the construction of several new Adnoc stations would ease future shortages.