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THE Government has procured enough fuel that can last for the next two months in case there is a disruption in the importation of the commodity, TPJ has learnt.

This was revealed by the Minister for Energy, Dr. Medard Kalemani,in Dar es Salaam recently when he met with various stakeholders in the petroleum sector to discuss mitigating measures in the event of disruptions due to the Coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging economies across the globe.

Dr. Kalemani said the Government was keen to guard against scarcity of the commodity so as to ensure smooth implementation of various development projects that require consistent supply of fuel.

“It is our job as Government and stakeholders to ensure the country has enough fuel to run projects and to meet other market demands,” said the minister, noting that for the time being countries from where Tanzania procures the commodity are not on lockdown.

He, however, said the Government could not be complacent and must have strategies in place in case of an unforeseen eventuality.

The minister said the country’s reserve has over 200 million litres of diesel, over 100 million litres of petrol, over 5 million litres of kerosene, adding that the country was importing more fuel through the ports of Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara.

As one of the strategies to ensure consistent supply of fuel, the stakeholders who included Petroleum Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA),advised the Government to be readily open to the possibility of importing the commodity from other countries in case the current suppliers go on lockdown.

The PBPA is responsible for procurement and delivery of petroleum products at national and regional levels by coordinating and managing the bulk procurement system to ensure reliability and security of the supplies.

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