Mobil raises gas prices by 20 cents


Mobil Oil Marianas Inc. raised its gas prices by 20 cents across the board for the third time in the fourth quarter of 2016

Mobil’s regular gas is now $3.94 a liter, premium is at $4.31, and diesel is at $4.12 as of this week.

Shell Marianas is expected to follow suit.

A taxi driver who was filling up said that he refills his tank usually every three days.

“For every $60, it goes for about three days. I think it will be about two and a half days now that the prices have gone up,” he said.

During busy days, he expects only a little more than two days for $60 worth of gas.

Prices of gas are always a concern, he said.

“I don’t really think that gas price rising is a good thing. It affects everybody. The lower the gas prices, the better for me.”

A driver filling up his 1990 pickup said it usually depends on what kind of car you drive.

“Every two weeks, I fill my car up with $25 gas. I ride an old pickup, to and from work. So it actually depends on the car,” he said.

He said the gas price hike really isn’t an issue for him.

An operator of a boat used for tourists known as a Sea Walker was also not disturbed by the increase in gas prices.

“It’s something normal for Saipan—sometimes it goes up, sometimes it goes down. It’s not really a problem. It’s something that people are already used to, so it doesn’t bother me,” he said.

He usually fills it up with about $20 worth of gas.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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