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Long queues for fuel as shortage continues across Sudan

March 12 - 2020 PORT SUDAN / KHARTOUM

Long queues of motorists at fuel stations across Sudan are still the norm, as the countrywide fuels shortage continues. Yesterday, the Ministry of Energy announced in a statement that it had received quantities of fuel from the ships in Port Sudan amounting to 40,000 tons of petrol, and 38,000 tons of diesel were unloaded the day before.

The ministry announced in its statement about doubling the fuel pumping for the stations today and tomorrow, by about 6,000 cubic metres, equivalent to 30,000 barrels to double the distribution to the stations until they eliminate the lines.

The mechanism and control committee for fuel distribution appealed to citizens to adhere to the double and individual line-up system, guarding their rights, reporting smuggling and manipulation of petroleum materials to harm the national economy.

The capital, Khartoum, and several cities in the states suffer from frequent electricity cuts, which aggravated the suffering of the citizen, coinciding with the entry of the summer and the rise in the degree of heat to the highest levels.

The Ministry of Energy and Mining attributed in a statement to the electricity sector will begin to gradually improve the electrical supply and reduce electricity cuts in late March.

The ministry attributed the reasons for programming the cuts to barge stopping supply, the fuel shortage in the Gurry 1 and Gurry 2 power stations and Khartoum North gas station, as well as maintenance and programming faults, and emergency breakdowns in the Um Dabakir station in Kosti.

The ministry stated in its statement that the demand for electricity in the country is about 2,900 megawatts, while the available generation is about 1,900 megawatts with a deficit of about 1,000 megawatts.

In the states, residents of Singa in Sennar complained of water cuts in various districts due to fluctuating electrical current yesterday.

Citizens told Radio Dabanga that the different districts of Singa witnessed cuts of water for long hours due to the interruption of electricity yesterday.

The city’s electricity department attributed the cuts to the Khartoum Control Centre and explained that the electricity cuts caused disruption to many vital activities and facilities in the city as it contributed to the stops of many fuel pumps, which further aggravated the burning fuel crisis.

Citizens appealed to the state authorities to solve the problem.

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