Parts of Mozambique are running out of fuel

Sep 24, 2005 02:00 AM

Parts of central and northern Mozambique have been running out of fuel, a situation blamed on problems at a refinery owned by the company Engen in South Africa. The fuel should have been shipped from South Africa to the central Mozambican port of Beira and from there it would have been distributed by road to the filling stations.
The crisis seems to be at its sharpest in the cities of Tete and Cuamba, where passenger transport vehicles have been forced off the roads for lack of diesel.

The National Fuels Director in the Ministry of Energy, Yolanda Cintura, confirmed that there is indeed a fuel shortage in parts of central Mozambique, and in the northern province of Niassa. But she insisted that the problem is being solved. An oil tanker discharged fuel in Maputo, in Beira, and is now on its way to the northern port of Nacala.
It was the delay in the arrival of this tanker that led to distribution companies and filling stations running out of stocks, she said.

Sources in the main Tete fuel distribution company said what little fuel is currently in the city is being distributed under heavy restrictions to avoid total paralysis of social and economic life.
However, the situation should improve, since tanker trucks are now taking on fuel in Beira, and will set off for Tete.

In Beira itself, fuel distributors say that a couple of weeks ago petrol, diesel and kerosene were all running out. Diesel is now available at the pumps, but shortages of petrol and kerosene persist.
To alleviate the problems in Niassa, 10,000 litres of diesel are being sent by road to the provincial capital, Lichinga, from the small port of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado, where there is no shortage.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
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