Fuel Shortage Hits Wau, Sudan

The Western Bahr el Ghazal State capital Wau has been hit by an acute fuel shortage.

Long queues of people with jerry cans looking for fuel have been spotted at various petrol stations as residents scramble for the remaining supply.

As a result of the shortage, fuel prices have shot up by 25 percent with a litre of petrol going for 4 Sudanese Pounds up from 2.5 Sudanese Pounds. A litre of diesel now goes for 2.65 Sudanese Pounds.

Public transport has been greatly affected and many town residents have been forced to walk to their destinations.

A manager at Petrocity fuel station Santino Ulum Dimo told Gurtong today morning that the situation is likely to worsen if urgent measures are not put in place.

He said that their fuel tanker now has 5,000 litres that will soon be depleted owing to the high demand.

Most of Sudan’s oil comes from South Sudan but its production is controlled by the Sudan Government.

The commodity has been rationed in the semi-autonomous region since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

The fuel shortage is likely to hamper campaigns with just under two weeks to the crucial Southern Sudan referendum vote.

With a possible separation, South Sudan will now take control of its oil resource.

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