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Sudan: The End of Gas Crisis Within ’50’ Hours, and The Return of the Refinery to Work

The Ministry of Energy confirmed that the refinery would return to work after the maintenance operations were completed, and attributed the fuel crisis in the past days to the retreat and the non-commitment of importing companies to distribute the stations.
 Khartoum: Altaghyeer
 Ministry of Energy and Oil secretary, Dr.  Hamid Suleiman Hamid, announced the start of the gradual operation of Khartoum Refinery after the completion of maintenance work.
 In an interview with the Blue Nile channel, Hamid confirmed that the refinery will start production operations normally within 10 days.
 Hamid attributed the reason for the fuel crisis during the past few days to the retreat and failure of importing companies to distribute the specified quantities to the stations.
 He explained that the ministry threatened these companies to withdraw their licenses if they did not comply with the distribution operations.
 Hamid praised the Ministry of Finance’s decision to cancel all taxes imposed on the energy sector.
 He announced the arrival of a gas ship which is being discharged now and within “50” hours, the distribution process will begin, which will contribute significantly to the relief of gas crisis.
 Hamid acknowledged the existence of massive violations by citizens and regular forces inside the gas filling and distribution tanks.
 The Ministry of Energy and Oil announced that companies that distribute petroleum products will be exempted from fees and taxes until the fuel crisis in the country is over and other directives are issued.
 The companies were exempted from fees payable related to oil installations and strategic warehouses.
 The Ministry is committed to providing reparation and compensation to any company that suffers damage due to the Ministry’s procedures and directives.
 Sudan suffers from an economic crisis and a scarcity of foreign exchange resources, which creates severe difficulties for the government in providing strategic goods.
 The inflation rate exceeded 300%, while the price of the local currency decreased against the dollar.
 Sudan jumped into this crisis cycle after the separation of South Sudan in 2011, with two-thirds of the country’s resources from oil fields.
 The transitional government inherited a heavy economic legacy from al-Bashir regime, the most prominent of which is the destruction of national productive enterprises, the spread of corruption, and the alienation of efficient elements.
 However, the absence of government economic visions after al-Bashir played a prominent role in the escalation of the crisis and the problems of fuel, bread, gas and electricity worsened.
FFC Economic Committee rejects the liberalization policies that the Ministry of Finance is turning to, considering them policies of impoverishment and starvation.

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