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Cheap diesel sold illegally at 'white pumps'

ST finds 10 firms operating illegally at 15 locations in industrial estates

Published on Jun 27, 2014 9:34 AM
The Straits Times had no trouble filling up at this pump at a furniture factory in Sungei Kadut, where diesel cost $1.19 a litre. -- ST PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER TAN

AS MANY as 10 companies are selling diesel illegally at "white pumps" around Singapore, a Straits Times investigation has found.

Although the law states that only designated kiosks can sell fuel, the firms operate their side businesses with impunity from at least 15 locations in industrial estates.

Prices for their unbranded diesel are as low as $1.13 per litre, or about a third less than rates at stations owned by the likes of Shell, ExxonMobil, Caltex and Singapore Petroleum Company.

Diesel sold by the four oil companies is now at a record $1.71 per litre while their petrol prices range from $2.24 to $2.68 a litre.

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