Originally Posted by strimstrum
Anyone in Mongolia have an update on the fuel situation please ?
We are running bikes on petrol(benzine) east to west and we do know of others in diesl vehicles going that way so any information would be welcome.
It is a bit hit and miss I am afraid. Re Diesel it is very bad (heard from folks at Oasis and Vait at Steppenfuchs). Diesel had been restricted to whom it is sold and if you got permission to purchase (by getting hold of a card) you were then restricted to only 15L per day... The quantity restriction is staying in place - but there were stories yesterday that the card restriction / permission issue is to be lifted. But hasn't yet started to be implemented apparently...
re Benzine - that's available, but obviously Benzine is delivered to remote areas by Diesel fuelled trucks and that's where the problems have started to show themselves...
Benzine supplies have become "patchy" across the country according to Vait.
Latest news in "writing" on forums is here: Diesel crisis - Lonely Planet travel forum
My news comes from email and Facebook exchanges with Vait and the guys at Oasis... Vait says that the "news" of the acquisition of the diesel supplies will (if true and not a political PR exercise) only have a slow impact in the remote areas and UB and the mining industry will the first beneficiaries...
Long answer short... It is still hit and miss and problems for diesel vehicles are a lot worse than they are for Benzine ones... But be alert, think ahead as problems exist for both - particularly in the remoter areas...