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GAS PAINS: Fuel in Longyearbyen tops 10 kroner a liter in wake of Ukraine invasion – which is 17 kroner cheaper than on the mainland, but locals are still griping it’s too expensive

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(Editor’s “call it karma” note: As this story was being written Svalbard Auto posted a notice on Facebook that its payment terminal is out of order, so gas cannot be purchased at all during non-business hours. The station is scheduled to be open extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.)

Gas is selling for an unprecedented high of 27 kroner a liter in some mainland locations and the price is expected to continue increasing due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As such, there’s grumbling among media and motorists about why gas and diesel at Longyearbyen’s only station is barely above 10 kroner a liter, given Svalbard’s remoteness and all.

As it turns out, Longyearbyen residents are also grumbling about the 10 kroner a liter gas, because it’s higher than they’re used to paying.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 3, 2018

Svalbard Auto to begin by-the-hour car-sharing this fall
A car-sharing program allowing people to use cars at locations in the center of Longyearbyen for an hourly fee is scheduled to start this fall. “We are looking to start the our car-sharing service with four to six cars, and we’ll see how this works,” said Roger Eriksen, general manager of Svalbard Auto. The cars will be located between Svalbardbutikken and The University Centre in Svalbard, and can be booked using a smartphone app. There are more than 1,000 registered cars in Longyearbyen, including many who have access to vehicles through an employer, but “here are also many who do not have a car,” Eriksen said. “They may need to borrow a car to shop for food, take a driving tour and have greater freedom when they get visitors from the mainland.” The dealership received a grant from Innovation Norway to implement the project.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 22, 2016

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Low-quality diesel a threat to cars; new fuel offered free
Vehicles filled with diesel between Feb. 19. and March 17 are at risk of engine failure due to low-quality fuel meant for boats being delivered to Svalbard Auto, according to Frank Jakobsen, administrative director of LNS Spitsbergen.

Gas pains: Svalbard Airport rationing scarce fuel, Svalbard Auto cleaning out tanks

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Those needing to move around in Svalbard during the next week may find themselves fuming as the fuel supply at the airport is nearly down to fumes and the gas station will be cleaning out their tanks.