Sudan to supply petroleum derivatives to Ethiopia

Jun 15, 2001 02:00 AM

Sudan has agreed to supply neighbouring Ethiopia with petroleum derivatives on a monthly basis from November. Sudanese Energy and Mining Minister Awad Ahmed al-Jaz and his Ethiopian counterpart Izzeddin Ali signed an accord for Sudan to export to Ethiopia 10,000 tons of benzene and unspecified quantities of butane gas and kerosene each month.
The first shipment will be moved to Ethiopia next November when construction of a road linking the two countries is completed. The two countries agreed at a meeting in April in Addis Ababa to conclude preferential trade agreements aimed eventually at setting up a free trade area.

For more than a year Sudan and Ethiopia have been improving and building more than 400 km (250 miles) of roads to link Gedaref in eastern Sudan and Azezo in northwest Ethiopia to facilitate cross-border trade. Sudan became an exporter of oil in 1999, and its output this year reached 205,000 bpd, of which 145,000 barrels are exported, largely via a 1, 600 km (1,000 mile) pipeline from the southern oil fields to Port Sudan and the Red Sea.

Source: AFP
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