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Fuel Overview

The Pacific Petroleum Company was founded in 2006 after the takeover of Shell's activities in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Pacific Petroleum Company sells more than 460 millions litres of fuels per year and is the sole supplier in Vanuatu. There are fuel depots in Santo and Port Vila. SSP is installing a third depot in Malekula, by July 2017.

For more information on government and fuel provider contact details, please see the following links:  4.1 Vanuatu Government Contact List and 4.5 Vanuatu Fuel Provider Contact List


Port Vila Fuel Depot

Contact: Depot ph 22747 ; Office ph 23523 Operations Manager: Glen +678 7741901.


Santo Fuel Depot

Contacts: Depot ph 36313; office 36516; Terminal Manager: Heinrick Seousse +678 7740516;

Information may also be found at: which is updated monthly. 

Fuel Pricing

It must be noted that fuel pricing in the table below is based on the retail costs from the depots in Port Vila and Santo.

In the outer islands, the cost of fuel is significantly higher based on supply and transport costs. Petrol is as much as 250vt/L in the Torba province and Tafea provinces and 170vt/L in the Malampa Province.


Fuel Prices per Litre as of: March 2017

(local currency )







Jet A-1

40,070vt /200L drum


48,455vt /200L drum

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?)

Port Vila – Unelco 80% for electricity – 20% for service station.

Santo – Service Station and VUI (electricity)

Santo. AV-GAS 1 container of 80 drums per month.

Santo Jet fuel – 1 tank 762 cubic m. Refuller truck at depot no storage tank at airport.

Is there a rationing system?

No – priority is given to the electricity companies though.

Is fuel to lower income / vulnerable groups subsidized?


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

Surge capacity available from New Caledonia or Fiji.

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

Yes – requests can go directly to the GM in Port Vila:

Nicolas. +678 7771373

Glen operation manager +678 7741901.

Fuel Transportation

Port Vila:  every 50 days a fuel ship arrives  - 45,000tonnes

Santo: every 100 days a fuel ship arrives.

For refuelling of ship <100cubic meter in capacity, fuel is delivered by truck. For ships >100cubic meter, planes are used to refuel ship.

Avgas and Jet A1 is delivered by truck to Port Vila and Santo airports.

For refuelling of emergency aircraft. 24hrs notice must be given to SSP to request fuel to be sent to the aircraft.

Standards, Quality and Testing

Testing facilities are limited in Vanuatu. To meet international requirements aircraft fuel samples must be sent to New Zealand.

SSP (owned by Shell) must meet the US standards and Shell policies for Petrol and Deisel. They have in house testing facilities in the Port Vila and Santo.


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?

Aviation yes

Is there a presence of suitable firefighting equipment?

Yes. At airport and depot

Standards Authority

Is there a national or regional standards authority?

No. But USA standards are implemented under Shell policy. (agreement with Shell)

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


If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced?


Testing Laboratories

Are there national testing laboratories?

No – sent to IPL in New Zealand. No fuel released from tank until results back.



Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory


IPL in New Zealand test av-gas and jet fuel.

Petrol and diesel tested by Vanuatu SSP company laboratories.





Telephone and Fax




Standards Used



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