Zambia gives Trafigura $500 m to supply oil

Zambia gives Trafigura $500 m to supply oil

Zambia on Friday awarded a $500 million contract to commodities trader Trafigura to supply Africa’s top copper producer with petrol and diesel for one year, Energy Permanent Secretary George Zulu said.

Trafigura will supply Zambia with 216 million litres of petrol and 21 million litres of diesel during the contract period starting from October, Zulu said in a statement.

“The country is now assured of a stable and continuous supply of fuel,” he said.

Ten foreign firms including Glencore in March bid to supply oil to Zambia after a previous contract with Glencore expired in March 2010.

Zulu added that the government was still talking to bidders, including Geneva-based trader Gunvor, for a separate contract to supply Zambia with 1.4 million tonnes of oil over two years.

Zambia imports all of its petroleum requirements, mainly from the Middle East, through the port of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.



Trafigura victims

“So in the UK at the moment there are three hundred active gag orders, secret gag orders.

Those are orders preventing the press from talking about that particular matter. And not just that but also to prevent the press from talking about the fact that they are prevented from talking about that matter.

They even have a phrase for this in the UK since the problem is so prevalent, which is ‘superinjuction’. It’s not just an injunction to prevent you talking about something, this is one level up, you can’t even talk about the fact you can’t talk about it.

These don’t come from government directly, these don’t come from the Labour Party. These come from the oligarchs, Russian oligarchs that have moved to the UK and royalty and all these big businesses.

Specific examples are the Trafigura case. So this was an oil company – commodities trader – third biggest in the world… and it dumped oil in the Ivory Coast that was contaminated.

Drove 108,000 people into hospital. This was the biggest chemical disaster since Bhopal in India which killed 5,000 people.

And we (Wikileaks) had a document called The Minton Report …and The Guardian newspaper was going to produce a big story on this and as a result they were gagged.

The company obtained a secret order in court to gag all the press in the UK from reporting anything related to the contents of that report and the fact that they had been gagged from producing that report.”

-Julian Assange




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