Conflict raises fuel consumption in Ethiopia

Nov 16, 1998 01:00 AM

Oct. 5, 1998 Fuel consumption in Ethiopia has increased by 19 % since the Ethio-Eritrean border conflict erupted in May, this year.
Haile Asegide, Minister of Urban Works and Development and National Fuel Committee Chairman said that before the border conflict, Ethiopia used to import 86 mm litres of fuel every month -- a figure raised to 103 mm litres at present.
Haile also predicts that there will be a 12 % yearly increase in demand for fuel in the country.
Land-locked Ethiopia imports fuel through port of Djibouti after the border conflict took place last May.
The minister notes that there are only 938 fuel transporting trucks in Ethiopia and efforts are being made to assist private entrepreneurs to import high capacity vehicles.
He also discloses that access to the market will be given to additional foreign petroleum companies, adding that there have only been 4 oil companies operating in Ethiopia until now.

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