3.1 Tuvalu Fuel

Fuel Overview 

Pacific Energy acquired BP’s assets in 2010 and now supplies 85% of Tuvalu’s fuel. They have 1 depot, 9 retail fuel stations and a total storage capacity of 0.8 million litres. They are also the airport fuel supplier. 

Two other smaller suppliers import fuel directly for sale. 

On Funafuti fuel is delivered to retail outlets by small tanker trailer (pictured below).  

Delivery to the outer islands uses 200L steel drums involving transference from larger ship to small boats that are able to access the beaches. 

Pacific Energy fuel storage  

For more information on government and fuel provider contact details, please see the following links: 4.1 Government Contact List and 4.7 Fuel Providers Contact List 

Information may also be foundat: http://www.mytravelcost.com/petrol-prices/ which is updated monthly.  

Fuel Pricing 

Fuel Prices per Litre as of: 22/12/22 

(local currency and USD - $) 


AUD$2.25/L - USD$1.52/L 


AUD$3.30/L- USD$2.23/L  



Jet A-1 

AUD$1.00/L - USD$0.67/L 

Note: The Tuvalu Fuel Supply Company is a small operation located adjacent to the airstrip that has equipment to refuel planes with Jet A-1 supplied by Pacific Energy.   

Seasonal Variations  


Seasonal Variations 

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (i.e. are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military?) 


Is there a rationing system? 


Is fuel to lower income / vulnerable groups subsidized? 


Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs? 


Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to directly contract a reputable supplier / distributor to provide its fuel needs? 


Fuel Transportation 

Fuel is transported from the Pacific Energy fuel farm in a tank trailer towed by tractor to the outlets on Funafuti. Delivery to the outer islands uses 200L steel drums involving transference from larger ships to small boats that are able to access the beaches. 

Unloading fuel drums, outer island 

Standards, Quality and Testing 

Industry Control Measures 

Do tanks have adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel? 


Are there filters in the system which monitor where fuel is loaded into aircraft? 


Is there adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks? 


Is there a presence of suitable firefighting equipment? 



Standards Authority 

Is there a national or regional standards authority? 


If yes, please identify the appropriate national and/or regional authority. 

National: Yes 


If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced? 



Testing Laboratories 

Are there national testing laboratories? 



Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory 




Tuvalu Fuel Supply  


Niuatu Funafuti Tuvalu  

Telephone and Fax 




Standards Used 

Defstan 91-091 


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Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider. 

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