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Gull Runs Out Of Diesel - Cuts Petrol Prices

Gull Petroleum, which has kept many diesel users supplied with uncontaminated fuel during the recent diesel quality crisis, is finally exhausting its stocks - and immediately reclaiming the initiative in the marketplace by cutting the price of its petrol by up to two cents a litre at all its stations from Whangarei to Palmerston North.

Gull 91 petrol will now sell for $1.079 and premium for $1.129.

Operations manager Ulrik Olsen said Gull had been glad to help diesel users through the difficult period and to welcome "many new customers", but it was inevitable supplies would eventually fail to keep up with sales increases as high as 700 per cent in some locations.

Several service stations had run out today and the remainder were expected to do so tomorrow.

"We couldn't purchase from any of the other companies the same high quality product that we've been supplying, so we have chosen to run out of product rather than compromise on quality. We have assured customers that our diesel will always be free of cheap, problem-causing additives and low in sulphur," Mr Olsen said.

Replenished diesel supplies are expected to be available at Gull stations around the end of the month.

Mr Olsen said the reduced petrol prices were intended to attract extra customer traffic to Gull stations now the rush for diesel is ending. "We are confident people will find our petrol is the same high quality as the diesel, and the move will keep the major oil companies on their toes as well," he said.

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