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Minister of Energy and Petroleum in Sudan: Situation getting worse

Minister says strategic stocks are being depleted at a "frightening pace"

The Minister of Energy and Petroleum in Sudan described the situation, in light of the continuation of the blockade of the roads leading to the Red Sea ports, as worrying.

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Jadein Ali Obaid, the Sudanese Minister of Energy and Petroleum, painted a bleak picture of the energy situation in Sudan due to the continuation of the attempts to sequester the country’s eastern region.

The Supreme Beja Council had managed to block all access to the region for a period of over 20 days in protest over the “eastern track” initiative of the Juba Peace Agreement.

Obaid told AlTaghyeer that the situation keeps worsening day-by-day, and that the reserve stocks are being depleted, pointing out that the country has now been firmly placed in a chokehold.

“The Al-Jayly oil refinery is working normally but it only covers 40% of the consumption needs,” Jadein said.

He refuted all news that reported several power generating stations being out-of-work, affirming that the “power supply is running normally and no station has stopped so far.”

The Minister hoped for the issue of the unrest in the east of Sudan to be resolved swiftly in order to avoid a catastrophe.

The Central Chamber for Strategic Goods announced on Saturday that fuel supply was being affected by the oil pipeline blockade and the port shutdown.

Jadein reassured the Sudanese public regarding the electric power supply, saying that the sector mainly relies on hydro-power and fuel, and that the situation regarding electricity is not that bad.

When asked about what solutions he sees fit to help resolve the eastern unrest issue, Jadein said that he “refuses to talk about politics, as I am only concerned with the technical aspects of work related to the ministry.”

The Troika called on the east of Sudan to end the blockade, and accept their government’s request to help resolve what ails the region through constructive dialogue rather than crippling the entire country’s economy.

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