In the face of the world oil and energy crisis, the Khmer government has introduced strict measures in an efforts to cut down domestic fuel consumption.
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Background: In the face of the world oil and energy crisis, the Khmer government has introduced strict measures in an efforts to cut down domestic fuel consumption.
Petroleum products in the Khmer Republic used to be among the world's cheapest. Petrol, for instance, used to cost 18 riels (6-1/2 US cents). But to meet the current shortage of fuel, the government of Ion Nol has recently more than doubled the price of petrol. Petrol rationing has also been introduced. Private cars are allowed only 15 litres or petrol, taxis 200 litres, and buses 150 litres per week. And no petrol will be sold at filling stations on Sundays.
Phnom Penh, the country's capital, consumes about 30,000 cubic metres of fuel every month. The Shell depot, on the outskirts of the capital, is the country's largest fuel depot. It holds 20,000 cubic metres of fuel.
Almost all of the country's fuel supply comes from South Vietnam. Singapore, Asia's main oil refinery centre, has announced that none of its reserves will be made available to the Khmer Republic for the country's war effort.
The Khmer Republic's fuel, which is heavily subsidised by the United States, is transported up the Mekong River. With the dry season approaching, the Khmer government is worried that Communist attacks on river convoys will increase. If the country's fuel supply is endangered, the Khmer Republic may have to resort to air delivery, which could mean fuel will soon be available solely for the military.