South Sudan is the cheapest seller of fuel and petroleum products in the region, the Director of Gabat Depot and Petrol Stations Dr. Chol Deng said.

Dr. Deng disclosed this during the tour of the Managing Director of Nile Petroleum in Juba over the weekend.

“Nilepet owns nineteen depots all over the country with the main zone at Nesitu with all the control measures,” he said.

Dr. Chol urged citizens to use fuel wisely because South Sudan is the only country selling fuel at cheaper prices.

“For example, Jordan is selling at USD 1.40 per litre, Kenya sells at USD 1.10 per litre but South Sudan is selling at USD 0.20.  The government is paying SSP78 per litre for its citizens as subsidies, therefore let us use the fuel wisely,” Dr. Deng said. “We should not encourage black market, government officials should take the authorized amount of litres only,” he added.

The Managing Director of Nilepet, James Thelweng Mathiang visited its four facilities which are two petrol stations and two depots in Juba town.

He promised to extend services of Nilepet to other states in the country despite the current challenges.

Mathiang appealed to the private sector to do their part by bringing in the two third portion of fuel allocated to them to close the gap of the demand by the public.

“Nilepet is also embarking on the refinery around Bentiu and Palouch. We are working around the clock to produce fuel for our country,” he said. “Nilepet is also embarking on the Upper Nile refinery with the hope that by next year the refinery will be in place to supply the rest of the regions,” Mathiang added.

According to Nile Petroleum Corporate, the country’s consumption of fuel is about 20 million to 60 million litres per month where 40 million litres should be supplied by the private sector but due to lack of hard currency in the country, the private sector could not supply fuel as required that is why there is constant shortage in the country.

Gabat depot is one of the government storage facilities with the capacity of 1.2 million litres followed by the Jebel storage facility with the capacity of 1.3 million liters.

By Sworo Charles Elisha