Fuel Shortage Hits Greater Bahr El Ghazal Region

This article was last updated on May 27, 2022

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Rumbek in Lakes State, Kuacjok in Warrap State and Aweil inNorthern Bahr el Ghazal State share the same experience. Same fuel shortage situation has been reported by Gurtong in Western Equatoria State.

“The massive shortage of fuel, which has hit the region just within a week, is caused by poor roads liking the states to our Southern borders, as foreign suppliers from Mombasa in Kenya find it hard to pass through Juba to Bahr el Ghazal region,” said Mohamed Dawut, a station manger of Runway in Wau.

“It is only our station in Wau town which still has little fuel but that may not even reach the end of today. Otherstations, including Turbi, Kost Kosta, Transway, Nile Petroleum, Star Gass and others within the town closed down since yesterday”, he said.

“The whole region is being hit by the fuel shortage. We are right now implementing the state government’s orders not to increase prices beyond 9 SSP per litre,” said Dawut.

The prices in the informal local markets continue shooting up as a litre of petrol has now reached 25 SSP.

Local traders in the state blame South Sudan government for leaving the supply system to foreigners instated of allowing the South Sudanese citizens to supply their own country with fuel from Mombasa in Kenya, warning that such system would raise the fuel prices in time of transport difficulties like now.

Motor traders blame local business for buying fuel from the stations and store it in their private stores, thereby causing fuel shortages.

The fuel crisis in the town has also raised the cost of transport as transporters have  increased prices. Hotelshave also been forced to reduce their fuel-generated supply from 24 hours to less than 8 hours per day.

Criticisms has been rising countrywide that despite South Sudan being rich in oil, the country remains without refineries for domestic consumption; but continue depending on foreign oil imports from neighbouring Kenya, which does not even yet produce any oil.

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