Pacific Energy yesterday opened its first ever fully fledged service between Tailevu and Rakiraki at Waimicia in Ra on the Kings Highway.
The two-year, $2 million project is in partnership with Rakiraki businessman George Shiu Raj.
Mr. Raj thanked the traditional rulers of the area for leasing him the land to build the gas station.
“This is the kind of encouragement companies in Fiji need to build a gas station like this in a rural area,” Mr Raj said.
“Before going to another neighborhood, I have to worry about my Jerusalem where I was born.
“That’s the kind of attitude businessmen should have.
“It’s not the money, people can have millions of dollars with them, but the best part is having the relationship between the company and the vanua.
“We know the gap is too big between our country’s two big races, but we will stand together to bridge that gap.”
Pacific Energy’s sales and marketing manager, Fiji Nemani Kobiti, said the construction of the gas station had encountered multiple setbacks.
“Congratulations to George Shiu Raj and the management of One Stop Fuel for their perseverance and determination to continue building the site despite the challenges with Covid and cement shortages, we are here to be able to open the service station today’ today,” he said. said.
The service station has eight fuel pumps, an LPG pump, a grease station, a tire center and a mini-supermarket.
“We are happy to have embarked on this adventure with George Shiu Raj and to have brought it to fruition,” said Avinesh Sharma, country manager of Pacific Energy.
“Pacific Energy believes in reaching out to the people, as is evident from our latest corporate social responsibility to provide 3 cents per liter discount to the people of Fiji.”