Mines, Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary (PS) Charity Mwansa says the shortage of paraffin in most parts of the country is due to interruptions in production at the Indeni Oil Refinery in Ndola on the Copperbelt province.
Ms. Mwansa says that there has been no production of the commodity popularly known as paraffin at the plant from 27th May to June 8, 2013.
ZANIS reports that the PS confirmed the development in a press statement released in Lusaka , today.
She has explained that during this period, Zambia has been relying on stocks that were already available in the tanks at the Ndola Fuel Terminal as well as storage depots of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).
“I wish to confirm that the country has recently experienced a critical shortage of kerosene which was mainly attributed to interruptions in production at INDENI refinery due to a technical fault.
“ However, l wish to inform that nation that production of the commodity has since resumed effective 9 June and supplies to OMCs to the public has already started” Ms. Mwansa said.
Ms. Mwansa regretted that problem took longer than the anticipated and as such available stocks were not able to sustain the period of production at INDENI resulting into shortages in some parts of the country.
She however stated that full production resumed on June 9, 2013 and supplies o OMCs for onward distribution to the public is on course and as of yesterday June 17, about 500,000 litres of kerosene was available at the Terminal out of which the OMCs requirement of about 380,000 litres of the commodity was met.
She disclosed that the average demand for paraffin for the nation is approximately 50,000 litres per day.
The Energy PS said government requests all concerned parties to ensure that the kerosene supply situation is normalised by ensuring that all filling stations in the country are supplied with the product.