ADDIS ABABA–THE ETHIOPIAN HERALD Newspaper 8 May 2016: The Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise said that it has taken crucial steps towards overcoming bottlenecks that have been facing in the process of meeting the existing demand for petroleum.
At a panel discussion held yesterday, Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas Tolasa Shagi said that the country demands 10 per cent increment in fuel products compared to the previous year. Hence, it would import petroleum and other natural gas products so as to meet the ever growing demand.
Tolasa said that the Enterprise has been taking serious actions in managing fuel companies, transport firms, drivers and gas depots for proper distribution of fuel products in a way that satisfies customers demand.
He also said that there are gaps in reconciling the levels of supply and demand for petroleum and natural gas. Thus, revitalizing organizational structure and carrying out capacity building activities are the major tasks that would be carried out to achieve the set goals.
Tolasa further said that the fuel distribution companies need to work hard to be able to supply fuel to the countryside.
Enterprise Chief Executive Director Tadese Hailemariam on his part said that measures have also been taken to address problems which occurred in connection with Djibouti fuels truck service.
BY MEHARI BEYENE