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Energies : Réduction des subventions sur l’essence

Energies : Réduction des subventions sur l’essence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Le ministre du Pétrole d'Egypte a annoncé le début de la distribution de l’octane 90 et 92 via des cartes électroniques pour le mois d’avril.

 

En avril prochain, six millions de cartes électroniques seront distribuées aux conducteurs égyptiens. Ils devront les utiliser pour faire le plein de leurs véhicules, dans 10 000 points de vente agréés, répartis dans 2 600 stations d’essence. Tous les gouvernorats sont concernés. Le projet, à l’initiative des ministères du Pétrole et des Finances, vient tout juste d’être validé par le gouvernement.

 

Concrètement, dès avril, une carte électronique sera vendue aux propriétaires conduisant une voiture de moins de 1 600 CC ou distribuée aux nouveaux conducteurs en même temps que leur permis. A chaque fois que le conducteur se procurera de l’essence, la facture sera chargée sur la carte électronique. « Une fois qu’il aura atteint le plafond de subvention, le conducteur devra payer l’essence aux prix du marché », explique Chérif Hadara, président de l’Organisme général du pétrole.

Le nouveau projet vise exclusivement la distribution de l’octane 90 et 92, qui représente respectivement 20 et 29 % de la consommation totale sur le territoire égyptien. Ainsi, le prix de l’essence à octane 90 passerait, une fois le plafond de la carte dépassé, de 1,75 L.E. à 3 L.E. par litre. Le coût de l’octane 92 s’élèvera, lui, à 3,25 L.E. par litre, contre 1,85 L.E. actuellement. A noter que même si les prix augmentent, la distribution de l’essence restera tout de même subventionnée, puisque le prix de l’octane 90 et l’octane 92 coûte respectivement sur le marché international 4,58 L.E et 4,76 L.E. (Névine Kamel/Al-Ahram Hebdo)

 

Plus : http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/960/3/131/1591/Energies--R%C3%A9duction-des-subventions-sur-l%E2%80%99essence.aspx

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Tourism union speaks out against fuel subsidy removal plan

Tourism union speaks out against fuel subsidy removal plan | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The government decision this week to remove subsidies on diesel designated for the tourism sector is a disaster, Khaled al-Mennawy, spokesperson of the Tourism Chambers Union, said Tuesday. 

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf al-Araby announced Monday that the government would lift subsidies on diesel fuel sold to the tourism sector starting in May.

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The move adds to the difficulties the industry is already facing, Mennawy told CBC television program “Hona El Asema.” He said the decision would mostly affect tourist transport and river cruise ships.

“No one can afford that under the dire circumstances, as the diesel will increase to LE5 per liter,” he alleged, saying investments worth up to LE15 billion in Nile river tourism would also be threatened.

“We have already signed contracts based on the old [fuel] prices and so cannot raise the prices. It is not fair that companies carry the extra cost, especially as the sector is already facing difficult times,” Mennawy said.

Egypt's tourism, one of the country's primary sources of income before the revolution, has been hit hard by two years of political unrest.

Mennawy said the Tourism Chambers Union, during a recent meeting with Araby and the tourism minister, agreed to the gradual removal of the subsidy provided the industry begins to rebound and not before the beginning of the spring tourism season. (Egypt independent)

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Diesel fuel shortage enters fourth week

Diesel fuel shortage enters fourth week | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Cars queued up at gas stations on Friday for the fourth consecutive week as the diesel gas shortage continues. The Ministry of Petroleum blames the shortage — which it alternately confirms and denies exists — on bad weather that has delayed the delivery of petroleum products, as well as unusually high demand.

"The crisis has not seen any improvement for nearly one month as a result of the greed of drivers who want their tanks full, filling jerry cans as additional backup," said a Giza gas station manager.

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The petroleum minister attributed the diesel fuel shortage to inclement weather that delayed shipments of petroleum products this week, as well as to internal political tensions.

These tensions impact the transport of materials between governorates, and spur fears of a shortage, in turn leading to increased consumption rates, the minister said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Egypt Govt to lift diesel subsidies for tourism sector in May

Egypt Govt to lift diesel subsidies for tourism sector in May | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf al-Araby has announced that the Cabinet will remove subsidies on diesel fuel sold to the tourism sector starting in May.
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“There has been negotiations with tourism authorities, such as the Tourism Chambers Union and the Ministry of Tourism, on removing subsidies for diesel oil,” Araby told the official MENA news agency on Tuesday.

 

Egypt's is attempting to restructure its subsidies to reduce its budget deficit, which the government expects to reach LE200 billion during the current fiscal year.

 

The Cabinet is working on a plan to help tourist establishments use natural gas as alternative to other forms of fuel.

 

Egypt produces and exports small amounts of natural gas, but in 2012 began importing gas to meet increasing local demand and fulfill export contracts.

 

The Cabinet will also start rationing gasoline in April to private cars, providing 1800 liters annually to ever 1600cc vehicle.

 

Petroleum Minister Osama Kamal said in October that delaying subsidy restructuring would further consume state resources.

 

Almasry Alyoum, via Egypt.com

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