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Nicaragua Fuel

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4.7 Nicaragua Fuel Provider Contact List  (updated monthly) 

Puma Energy is the main importer of oil and its derivatives as well as fuel distribution Nicaragua. Currently the system of import is through Albanisa, government-controlled company, who brings him Venezuela. All their including gas stations, assets is in charge of most of the imports of crude oil and refined in the country.

  Albanisa, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan company capital imports and distributes oil in the country. Imported oil is received and stored in the terminal of Puerto Sandino, where it has warehouses for storing up to 648.3 mb of crude. This raw material is then taken to the only refinery in Nicaragua -located near The Lead-slope.

DNP-Petronic: Nicaraguan Petroleum Distributor: Distributes fuel at about 75 stations nationwide.

The fuel prices have increased in recent years, although the country has the oil from Venezuela, through ALBANSA. The price of fuel is due to the general instability of the international market, which has had a direct impact on the local economy and in particular by the WFP logistics activities in the RAAN, where fuel costs, especially for transport by ship, are extremely high (considering that most outboard motors used require a blend oil because they are 2-stroke engines (a fuel mixture 7 liters of oil marine-1L). on the other hand, UN agencies have not yet reached an agreement with the local government for the availability of free fuel service.

Fuel availability is not a problem in the Pacific, as there is a wide distribution network of fuel stations mediantes. A bit more limited in the Caribbean Coast, due to the long distances, where you can locate gas stations. You can have one or two stations in each municipality. So it is important to carry reserve fuel when the displacements are made in this area.

The Managua airport has three refuellers five thousand, eight thousand and ten thousand gallons respectively. The JET A-1 is refined in Nicaragua. The fuel supply has never been a problem during an emergency in Nicaragua. There are refineries in neighboring countries, including Alajuela (Costa Rica), Acajutla (El Salvador) and Puerto Cortés (Honduras).

No floor in the other airports and airfields in Nicaragua. When the planes leave Managua carry enough fuel to return.

Fuel Pricing

The monitoring of fuel prices is performed by the Nicaraguan Energy Institute. Prices of Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene, are not regulated by the state; these are set by each of the Distribution Companies operating in the country. Despite having an agreement with Venezuela and have the lowest taxes in Central America fuel cost is still high compared to other countries in the region. This affects all sectors.

Fuel Prices from: <October 2014> (local currency)

Gasoline (per liter)


Diesel (per liter)


Paraffin (per liter)


Jet A1 (per liter)


Seasonal Variations 

No seasonal variation in relation to the fuel

Seasonal Variations

Are there national priorities in fuel availability,

For example, restrictions or priorities for the fuel supply and the military? (Yes / No)


Is there a rationing system? (Yes / No)


Is fuel to lower income / subsidized vulnerable groups? (Yes / No)

If no subsidy for public transport in some gas stations as Buses and Taxis

Can the local industry to expand the supply of fuel to meet the humanitarian needs? (Yes / No)


Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to directly hire a reputable supplier / distributor to provide its fuel needs? (Yes / No)



Fuel Transportation

The transport of fuel to the internal of the country is carried in trucks by land. Fuel distributors have adequate and sufficient vehicles for humanitarian actions. In case of emergency fuel delivery RAAN can negotiate with PETRONIC directly.

Due to the large area that comprises 32,159 kilometers RAAN and the minimum infrastructure maintaining a constant supply of fuel is expensive and unregulated nature of the region allows prices to fluctuate.

Private stations in the RAAN fuel supplied by the state-owned fuel Petro-Nic who have the right to set their prices independently.Normas, Calidad y Testing 

Standards, Quality and Testing

Control Measures Industry

Tanks with adequate protection against water mixed with fuel

(Yes / No)


The filters in the system, which monitors the refueling aircraft

(Yes / No)


Suitable epoxy coating tanks trucks

(Yes / No)


Presence of adequate firefighting equipment

(Yes / No)


Standards Authority

Is there a national authority or regional standards? (Yes / No)


If so, are appropriate / rules enforced correctly? (Yes / No)


Testing laboratories

There are national laboratories analysis? (Yes / No)


Testing laboratories fuel quality


Nicaraguan Energy Institute (NEI)


Rot. Centroamérica 350 mtros oeste Managua

Tel y Fax


used standards: ASTM (American Sociaty for Testing and Materials)

NTON 14016-06 / RTCA 75.01.19: 06 Approved by the Central American countries