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Egypt says to pay fuel tankers waiting to dock

Egypt says to pay fuel tankers waiting to dock | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's government has allocated $235 million of funds to pay for imported fuel cargoes and "a long queue of tankers" are waiting off the coast to discharge badly needed diesel, the oil minister said in remarks published

on Tuesday.

Shortages of subsidised diesel have paralyzed transport in parts of Egypt, as the cash-strapped government faces pressure to curb energy subsidies that swallow up a fifth of its budget.

The finance ministry has approved $235 million to pay for fuel and diesel deliveries, Oil Minister Osama Kamal told the business newspaper al-Mal.(...)

 

The newspaper said at least 13 tankers carrying around 65,000 tonnes of diesel, known as solar in Egypt, and 75,000 tonnes in other refined products such as petrol were waiting off the coast to get paid.

 

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Le gazole manque toujours

Le gazole manque toujours | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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La pénurie de gazole est entrée dans son troisième mois consécutif. Queues infinies, échauffourées sont devenues le quotidien des Egyptiens.Alors que le Conseil des ministres tient régulièrement des réunions pour tenter de trouver des solutions à cette crise interminable et assurer de grandes quantités de gazole dans tous les gouvernorats, la pénurie de carburant continue (...). 
Les accès au Grand-Caire ont été bloqués jeudi, à la suite des échauffourées qui ont éclaté entre les chauffeurs, qui protestaient comme toujours contre les pénuries de fioul. 
Les disputes ont conduit aux tirs de feu devant les stations-service. Les contrebandiers ont saisi l’occasion pour cacher les quantités de fuel et le marché noir fait la loi. Le Progrès égyptien
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Fuel shortage violence leads to deaths and injuries

Fuel shortage violence leads to deaths and injuries | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Violence associated with an escalating diesel fuel shortage occurred in several governorates across Egypt on Sunday.

A driver was killed in Beni Suef, while 14 were injured in clashes over fuel in Qalyubiya and Assiut. Several drivers blocked the agriculture road in Beni Suef and Gharbiya. Train and vehicles traffic was completely blocked in al-Mahalla al-Kobra city, as a result of a drivers strike in protest against fuel shortages.

 

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/fuel-shortage-violence-leads-deaths-and-injuries

 

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Ministry of Petroleum admits fuel shortage

Ministry of Petroleum admits fuel shortage | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By: Nada Badawi / Daily news Egypt



Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ossama Kamal said in a statement on Saturday that the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry will be unable to provide power plants with enough fuel in the coming period.

Kamal made the admission during a meeting with the Egyptian Cabinet that discussed the issue of fuel shortages.

He said that “there is a 25% in fuel insufficiency for power plants in the country”.

In an attempt to reduce the shortage, the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry announced a bid to import 500 million cubic feet of fuel daily in order to meet the needs of power plants throughout the country.

“Egypt has a dire need to import 750 million cubic feet of gas daily to meet needs of power plants and factories,” officials from the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) said.

“A total of 5.75 billion cubic feet of gas is being produced on a daily basis, but what is actually consumed is 6.5 billion cubic feet daily,” they continued

Next week the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry is due to submit details of all the solutions it is considering to address the crisis.

“This is an obstacle for Egypt’s National Electricity Grid,” the Ministry said, adding that: “Only 2,000 megawatts have been produced in the past two days due to fuel shortages.”

Fuel shortages have also become a daily occurrence for cab drivers and industrial and agricultural sectors after the government decided to increase fuel prices by 50%.

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Egypt warns against hoarding diesel at home

The Egyptian government warned citizens of the dangers of hoarding large quantities of diesel at home on Sunday - a symptom of the shortages afflicting an economyin crisis.

Shortages of subsidised diesel have paralysed transport in parts of Egypt, as the government faces pressure to curb energy subsidies that swallow up a fifth of its budget.

Bassem Ouda, minister of supply and internal trade, urged citizens to avoid actions exacerbating fuel supply problems, including what he described as a current trend for "storing massive quantities" of diesel indoors.

"I warn that this is very dangerous. If, God forbid, a problem happened in a home, or a fire, the results will be bad. We appeal to citizens to avoid this," he said during an interview with state-run Radio Masr.

Dwindling supplies of state-subsidised diesel have led to long queues at petrol stations still getting fuel deliveries.

Egypt must commit to reforming the subsidy system if it is to secure a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. An IMF delegation began talks in Cairo on Sunday.

The government plans to implement a subsidised fuel rationing system at the beginning of July

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/17/egypt-fuel-idUSL6N0C91P420130317?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssEnergyNews&rpc=401

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Masked gunmen rob gas station on Egypt's Cairo-Ismailia road

Masked gunmen rob gas station on Egypt's Cairo-Ismailia road | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A group of masked gunmen on Wednesday robbed a gas station located on Egypt's Cairo-Ismailia highway, stealing LE150,000 from the station's safe before fleeing the scene.

 

The Cairo Security Directorate is currently searching for the culprits, while the Cairo prosecutor's office has been asked to launch a formal investigation into the crime.

 

Gas station workers told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that the culprits had been armed with automatic rifles.

 

According to the World Economic Forum's recently released Travel and Tourism Competitiveness index, Egypt now holds the lowest ranking out of 140 countries – just behind Pakistan, Chad and Yemen – in terms of safety and security.


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Fuel crisis adds to woes in Egypt

Fuel crisis adds to woes in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

AFP/Cairo, via Gulf Times


Microbus driver Ashraf Kamel has to wait hours outside a Cairo petrol station to fill up his tank, as a severe diesel shortage adds to the burden of Egyptians already facing unrest and price hikes. 
The shortage is also threatening to paralyse key industries. “Sometimes I wait eight hours. I can’t take it anymore,” Kamel told AFP. 
The shortage, affecting cargo and passenger transport, has led to mile-long queues of lorries, buses and minibuses — a popular alternative to the country’s run-down public transport system — at the few stations that still have diesel. 
“I spend one day working and a day filling up fuel. My income has dropped by half since this crisis started,” said 36-year-old Kamel. 
Others end up waiting in vain. 
“Sometimes, after I’ve waited for hours, they tell me the fuel has run out ... so I end up spending the night to guarantee a place in the queue the next morning,” said Mohamed Ragab, 32. 
The crisis has hit the southern part of the country particularly badly, with drivers in the tourist city of Luxor complaining they can spend up to two days waiting in line. 
In Cairo, it has brought microbuses to a halt, leaving many passengers stranded, and has had a devastating effect on the city’s notorious traffic. 
So frustrated with the shortage were some microbus drivers that they recently blocked a major Cairo highway in protest, paralysing the city for hours. “We went on strike, but no one responded. The government doesn’t understand what we are going through,” said Yasser al-Tahawy, a microbus driver. 
Another driver, Mohamed Atef, says he is forced to get his diesel on the black market at exhorbitant prices and now finds himself struggling to pay off his debts. 
The long waits have prompted anger and even fights, with two people killed and 15 injured recently in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliyah during a fight over diesel at a petrol station. Some bakeries that produce the “baladi” bread  — the main food staple in Egypt  — have had to stop working.


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Egypte : Le manque de carburant fait grincer des dents

C’est devenu le quotidien des égyptiens : patienter parfois des heures pour obtenir quelques gouttes de carburant. Le pays est confronté à une pénurie depuis maintenant plusieurs mois.

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Une pénurie de gazole provoque colère et inquiétude en Egypte

Les interminables files d'attente de camions, bus, taxis ou tracteurs à l'arrêt sont devenues une scène du quotidien un peu partout en Egypte, où la crise économique rend plus difficile l'importation de carburants.

De nombreux secteurs d'activité sont frappés, des transports -notamment les populaires minibus privés qui suppléent des transports publics défaillants-, à l'industrie, en passant par l'agriculture. (...)

Dans le sud de l'Egypte, la crise est encore plus aiguë et les files de véhicules s'étendent parfois sur plusieurs kilomètres, selon des chauffeurs de Louxor. Faute de carburant, les paysans redoutent de ne pouvoir utiliser les engins agricoles alors que certaines récoltes approchent.

Les chauffeurs de minibus ont entamé une grève à travers le pays la semaine dernière, avant de couper des routes. Des bagarres entre chauffeurs exaspérés d'attendre devant les stations sont régulièrement rapportées.

La pénurie, selon des experts, est liée à l'effondrement des réserves de devises du pays, passées de 36 milliards de dollars avant la révolte qui a chassé Hosni Moubarak du pouvoir début 2011, à 13,5 milliards environ aujourd'hui.

La crise a été provoquée par le manque de liquidités en dollars dont souffre le gouvernement égyptien, affirme Rachad Abdou, du Centre égyptien d'études économiques et stratégiques.

Un tiers environ du gazole égyptien est importé, et il devient de plus en plus difficile de trouver les dollars pour payer des fournisseurs de plus en plus exigeants sur les garanties de paiement, selon des professionnels du secteur.

Et le pays a aussi besoin de ses devises fortes pour acheter d'autres produits vitaux, comme le blé dont l'Egypte est le premier importateur au monde.

Pour corser le problème, le gazole importé est revendu à la pompe très en dessous du prix d'achat, grâce à des subventions aux carburants qui plombent les finances de l'Etat, et creusent le déficit budgétaire.

(Romandie)


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Egypt sacks Misr Petroleum head over fuel shortages

Egypt sacks Misr Petroleum head over fuel shortages | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's oil minister Osama Kamal has dismissed the head of state-owned Misr Petroleum and another top official due to a crisis in distributing fuel used by buses and trucks, state news agency MENA said.

He also ordered the supply of an additional one million litres of diesel to military-run filling stations to ease shortages which have been dragging on for months.

Kamal appointed Saeed Mostafa, head of state-owned refiner and distributor Petrotrade, to replace Nasr abu al-Saud as Misr Petroleum chief on Sunday, MENA reported.

He also dismissed Egyptian General Petroleum Co's head Amro Mostafa, and appointed deputy chief executive Tarek al-Mallaat in his place.

Egypt, which has endured two years of political instability since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, is trying to control a soaring budget deficit and secure a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF.

It is working on an economic programme where it plans to cut back on subsidies of fuel. Last year it eliminated subsidies on 95-octane gasoline, the highest grade available, and it raised fuel prices in many sectors last month.

 

July the government plans to start a scheme to ration subsidised motor fuel using smart cards available to drivers of vehicles with smaller capacity engines.

 

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Une pénurie de diesel alourdit le fardeau des Egyptiens (reportage)

Une pénurie de diesel alourdit le fardeau des Egyptiens (reportage) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Une sévère pénurie de diesel en Egypte crée des files d'attente impossibles de camions, tracteurs et microbus dans les stations-services, forçant les conducteurs à se plaindre de bouchons de circulations à travers les grandes villes.

"J'ai été coincé pendant une heure en me rendant au travail, pour parcourir une distance de 10 minutes de marche," a déclaré Ahmed Souliman, un homme de 30 ans, à Xinhua. "Des camions transportant des légumes faisaient la file pour obtenir du diesel," a-t-il expliqué.

Pire encore, la crise affecte l'humeur des gens. Dimanche, l'employé d'une station-service du gouvernorat de Gharbiya a été frappé par le chauffeur d'un camion pressé d'obtenir du diesel. Plus tôt, deux personnes ont été tuées et cinq autres blessées dans un conflit qui a éclaté dans le nord de l'Egypte entre deux familles en file pour obtenir du diesel.

Dans d'autres régions, plusieurs stations-services ont été détruites quand les employés ont refusé de vendre du diesel à des résidents en raison de la pénurie.

Début février, le ministre égyptien du Pétrole Osama Kamal a affirmé que l'Egypte "se trouve au coeur d'une crise de diesel" en raison du trafic de diesel qui a perturbé les réserves.

Plus: http://french.china.org.cn/autreshorizons/2013-03/11/content_28201023.htm

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Minya farmers block major road over unfair FJP coupon scheme

Minya farmers block major road over unfair FJP coupon scheme | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hundreds of farmers in Minya blocked the Maghagha al-Adwa road linking Upper Egypt and the Western Desert on Tuesday to protest what they say was an unfair diesel fuel coupon scheme.

The protesters had gathered at the gas station to denounce the Freedom and Justice Party, which was behind the coupon handout gone wrong.

They accused the FJP leaders of playing favorites and not distributing the coupons to everyone in a fair manner.

The residents blocked the road with tractors and other agriculture machinery.

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Egyptian gas stations prepare for rationing

Egyptian gas stations prepare for rationing | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian gas stations will begin distributing gasoline and diesel fuel under a coupon system in July, according to Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Osama Kamal.

Preparations for implementing the plan, previously scheduled to begin in April, are now complete, Kamal said February 20th.

The plan aims "to rationalise subsidies and petroleum product consumption by limiting the quantity distributed on the markets, ultimately reducing consumption", said Radwan Fathallah, marketing studies adviser at the ministry.

All subsidy beneficiaries will be issued smart cards -- five million of which have already been prepared -- and they will use these to obtain their allocated amount of fuel, Fathallah said.

Private cars with a tank capacity of 1,600 cubic centimetres or less will be allocated 150 litres per month, large mass transit vehicles will be allocated 10,000 litres of diesel per year and heavy trucks will be allocated 100,000 litres of diesel per year.

"If a citizen exhausts his allocated amount, he will buy additional amounts at prices yet to be determined," Fathallah said.

Based on ministry studies, he said, the smart card price of 80-octane gasoline is expected to be 90 piastres ($0.13) per litre, while 90-octane gasoline will be sold at a subsidised rate, 1.75 pounds ($0.26), and the regular rate, 3 Egyptian pounds ($0.44).

Meanwhile, the ministry is expected to cancel subsidies on higher octane gasoline, with the price for 92-octane gasoline anticipated at 3.25 pounds ($0.48) per litre and the price for 95-octane gasoline at 4.75 pounds ($0.70) per litre.

The ministry is also considering setting its non-coupon price for diesel at 2 pounds ($0.29), compared to the subsidised price of 1.1 pounds ($0.16), Fathallah said.

Many previous subsidy beneficiaries, such as those who operate private school buses, embassy vehicles and tourist yachts, will lose their fuel subsidies, he said.

"This system is expected to reduce the current level of consumption by 30%," Fathallah said.

The ministry's latest data indicates there are about six million vehicles in Egypt, requiring close to 130 billion pounds ($19.3 billion) to subsidise the fuel they consume, he said.

(Al-Shorfa)

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As diesel shortages continue, impact becomes broader

As diesel shortages continue, impact becomes broader | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Diesel shortages have become an unfortunate staple of Egypt’s many economic malaises, and as the country’s foreign reserves continue decreasing, so does the government’s ability to import its vital petroleum needs.

The impact of the shortage across a range of sectors will not ease up any time soon; instead, it will likely be felt more acutely and more broadly, extending to the average consumers, who will predictably grapple with more power outages as summer approaches. 

For months, experts have raised red flags as the government burned through foreign reserves to prop the falling Egyptian currency, saying this compromises the country’s critical import cover. Now, those reserves have fallen to a fresh low of US$13.5 billion, according to Central Bank of Egypt figures.

 

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Egypt's Untold Diesel Story

Although Egypt may have averted full erosion of its foreign reserves by delaying payments to foreign partners (yet at the expense of reputation and delays in upstream investments), it will not be able to defer payments to foreign suppliers (for imports). 

What is alarming is that Egypt has run out of cash for diesel imports due to the inability of EGPC to secure payment guarantees from local banks, as Rebel Economy has reported before.

If this continues and foreign reserves inflows remain muted, Egypt will have no diesel for energy subsidies.  It faces the prospect of food price inflation and social unrest that will pose huge challenges to political and economic stability.

This is exactly why Egypt has no choice over implementing energy subsidy reforms. The government must make normal Egyptians pay higher prices for fuel so that the administration can supply subsidies to those who really need them. 


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Egyptian Government wars against hoarding diesel

The Egyptian government warned citizens of the dangers of hoarding large quantities of diesel at home on Sunday — a symptom of the shortages afflicting an economy in crisis.

Shortages of subsidised diesel have paralysed transport in parts of Egypt, as the government faces pressure to curb energy subsidies that swallow up a fifth of its budget.

Bassem Ouda, minister of supply and internal trade, urged citizens to avoid actions exacerbating fuel supply problems, including what he described as a current trend for “storing massive quantities” of diesel indoors.

“I warn that this is very dangerous. If, God forbid, a problem happened in a home, or a fire, the results will be bad. We appeal to citizens to avoid this,” he said during an interview with state-run Radio Masr.

Dwindling supplies of state-subsidised diesel have led to long queues at petrol stations still getting fuel deliveries.

Egypt must commit to reforming the subsidy system if it is to secure a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. An IMF delegation began talks in Cairo on Sunday.

The government plans to implement a subsidised fuel rationing system at the beginning of July. (Egypt.com)

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Mise en garde en Egypte contre le stockage domestique d'essence

Le gouvernement égyptien a adressé dimanche une mise en garde contre les risques liés au stockage domestique de vastes volumes de carburants, pratique répandue face aux pénuries récurrentes.

"Je vous préviens que c'est très dangereux. Si, Allah nous en préserve, un problème ou incendie se produisait dans une maison, les conséquences seraient lourdes", a dit Bassem Ouda, ministre de l'Approvisionnement et du Commerce intérieur.

"Nous exhortons donc les citoyens à ne pas faire cela", a-t-il ajouté dans une interview diffusée par la radio publique Masr.

Ces pratiques accentuent en outre les problèmes d'approvisionnement des stations-services....

 

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Egypt presidency announces new measures to tackle fuel shortages -

Egypt presidency announces new measures to tackle fuel shortages - | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's presidency reveals new efforts to ensure the distribution of fuel to Egypt's governorates and combat smuggling activities

 

 A number of measures aimed at resolving the recent diesel shortage crisis are in the pipeline, said Hossam Qassem, the official in charge of the fuel dossier for Egypt’s presidency, to state-owned news agency MENA on Wednesday.

 

These measures include the formation of high committees for fuel in Egypt's governorates to determine local fuel needs and ensure the distribution of the required quantities. 

 

In addition, the presidency plans to establish committees in the warehouses, members of which would include officials of the supply ministry and members of civil society, to monitor distribution operations and intensify daily efforts to halt smuggling, according to Qassem, who made the statements during a visit to the governorate of Fayoum, south of Cairo.

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Smuggling of subsidised fuel is rampant in Egypt, as heavy government subsidies have fostered the rise of a lucrative black-market. Diesel subsidies alone account for some LE35.7 billion (roughly $5.5 billion) of the 2012/13 state budget, a figure which is expected to rise further following recent depreciations of the local currency.

 

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Gaz: Le gouvernement d'Egypte implique le secteur privé

Gaz: Le gouvernement d'Egypte implique le secteur privé | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La pénurie de gaz commence à se faire cruellement sentir en Egypte. Les usines ne peuvent plus s’en fournir assez pour leur propre consommation, les centrales électriques fonctionnent à mi-régime et le secteur privé n’ose pas entamer de nouveaux projets, de peur de manquer de gaz.

Afin de faire face à la pénurie, le ministère du Pétrole a donc lancé depuis deux mois un appel à candidatures pour l’importation de gaz. 18 entreprises se sont présentées, et 4 sont toujours en concurrence, dont les groupes Citadel, Shell et Al-Kharafi. Le gouvernement tarde pourtant à annoncer le nom du groupe retenu.

Bien que le ministère du Pétrole assure l’arrivée de la première livraison au mois de mai prochain, une chose devient de plus en plus certaine, « l’importation du gaz ne débutera pas avant août prochain. Même si le gouvernement annonce le résultat de la souscription demain, la première livraison n’aura pas lieu avant 5 ou 6 mois au minimum », note Ahmad Heykal, PDG du groupe Citadel. « Nous avons déployé tous nos efforts, afin d’entamer l’importation au mois de mai prochain, comme cela était prévu, mais en vain. Le gouvernement a tardé à trancher la question », ajoute Heykal.

 

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Egypt's fuel crisis threatens of further disturbances

Egypt's fuel crisis threatens of further disturbances | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Despite the Egyptian cabinet's promises to resolve the crisis of fuel shortage within days, the problem is further developing due to its negative repercussions on citizens.

Traders say the number of firms supplying fuel to the Arab world’s most populous country has shrunk and repeated shortages have angered motorists and disrupted industry and agriculture.

Trucks wait for days for only few liters of diesel but with no luck. As the crisis continues, some citizens threatened that resorting to robbery may be the alternative to remain loyal to their daily commitments.

“During Hosni Mubarak’s days... [the crisis] used to take 10 or 15 days maximum...but now we’ve been suffering for months,” said one driver told Al Arabiya's reporter. 

Although the government said the crisis is a result of smuggling and theft, the Petroleum Products Division in the Egyptian Chamber of Commerce said it is due to bad distributions among provinces. The chamber requested the presidency to intervene.

 

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/2013/03/12/Egypt-s-fuel-crisis-threatens-of-further-disturbances.html

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Grave pénurie de diesel en Egypte (Vidéo)

Grave pénurie de diesel en Egypte (Vidéo) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Devant les stations services égyptiennes, les files d'attentes ne cessent de s'allonger. L'Egypte importe près de 40% de son diesel, mais les dernières livraisons n'ont jamais été délivrées car l'importateur ne pouvait pas payer en dollars américains.

 

http://www.lechorepublicain.fr/accueil/brightcove/2013/03/12/grave-penurie-de-diesel-en-egypte-92221252380001.html

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EGPC head sacked amid diesel fuel shortages

EGPC head sacked amid diesel fuel shortages | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The ministry of petroleum also decided to discharge Amr Mostafa, the head of the operations department at the petroleum authority.

 

Kamel’s decisions come as the country is hit by a severe diesel fuel shortage crisis, which has lasted for the past three days.

 

Microbus drivers, the main consumers of diesel fuel, staged several strikes and blocked major roads in Cairo to protest the diesel shortages.




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Egypt shuts down

Egypt shuts down | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Energy crisis drives taxi and bus operators to cease work; police officers’ strike prompts debate about ‘private security committees’.

 

Egypt’s descent into anarchy due to its government’s inability to establish order and a continuing energy shortage lead all major Arab newspapers.


 

“Egyptian interior minister: Army cannot secure the country alone” reads the main headline of the Saudi-owned A-Sharq Al-Awsat, a paper known for its staunch hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood. In response to the violent protests against the Egyptian government that have taken place in cities along Suez Canal and north of Cairo, thousands of low-ranking police officers have gone on strike to express their disapproval of the Islamist politicization of the police force.

The result has been a complete breakdown in government control of major Egyptian population centers. Fearing a seizure of power by the Egyptian Armed Forces and fighting immense criticism for his handling of the police officers’ strike, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim says “the army cannot secure the country alone.”

The London-based Al-Hayat reports that Ibrahim has expressed “willingness to resign on the spot if that will resolve the crisis.” However, he insists that all that must be done to restore order is to “keep rioters away from sensitive security areas and order will be restored within one month.”

In light of the security breakdown, the widespread vandalism of public property, and the thousands of people who have been wounded in the rioting, a group of Muslim Brotherhood legislators have proposed a law calling for the establishment of “popular security committees” by private Egyptian citizens to defend their neighborhoods and restore order, according to the London-based Al Quds Al-Arabi.

 

Justifying the creation of these “committees,” the legislators released a statement saying “the nation is exposed to vigorous attempts to abort the Egyptian revolution and sabotage Egypt from the inside.”

The National Salvation Front, the leading political opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood-led Egyptian government, categorically rejected the proposal, warning it would be the precursor to the forming of armed militias that would plunge the country into a real civil war.

 

However, Hassan Yassin, an adviser to Egypt’s attorney general, expressed support for the formation of security committees.

“It would give citizens the right to stop perpetrators of criminal offenses as long as they caught them in flagrant violation and handed them over to the nearest policeman,” he said.

 

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Diesel shortage revives black market in Egypt

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Drivers of mass transportation cars in Cairo said on Sunday that the Diesel crisis in Egypt has been going through for around three months has revived the black market, one litre of diesel is sold for about L.E. 2.5 in the black market though its official price is L.E. 1.1.

"Selling diesel in the black market provides me with a good income in light of the tough economic conditions that Egypt has been going through since the uprising," a fuel broker who declined to be named told Aswat Masriya.

 

Egypt's economy has suffered turmoil since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising that broke out in January 2011, causing unrest that pushed away investors and tourists.

Egypt also faced a fuel crisis that caused nationwide protests and the recurrence of cutting off roads incidents. The government claims that smuggling the fuel is the reason behind this crisis.

Hassan Mahmoud, driver, says that some owners of licensed gas stations sell diesel at prices higher than the official price. He said that buying diesel from the black market is often better than "having to wait for three hours to get diesel at the official price."

Another driver told Aswat Masriya that it takes more than five hours per day to actually find diesel at the official price, he added, "Some drivers take the day off in order to find diesel."

 

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More diesel shortages, official predicts

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Diesel shortages may grow more severe in March as import allocations fall short, an official source at the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation has said.

The senior official, quoted by Turkish news agency Anadolu, said Monday that the Finance Ministry had allocated US$300 million in March to diesel imports, though the EGPC requested $500 million.

The official claimed that Egypt's decision to cut down dollar allocations for fuel subsidies is the result of insufficient international reserves, which dropped to $13.6 billion by the end of June, adding that this is sufficient to secure diesel imports for only 75 days.

“We are experiencing a real crisis. Demand from farmers is rising significantly this month, because it is the harvesting season,” the official warned.

The same official explained that diesel import allocations normally stand at $400 million in low-demand months, increasing to $500 million between April and June.

 

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