Malawi has sufficient internal fuel stock cover amidst COVID-19 pandemic: MERA

Written by  MBC Online

Malawi has sufficient internal fuel stock cover, currently equivalent to 43 days for petrol and 83 days for diesel, the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) announced on Tuesday, amidst the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Filling stations fully stocked with petrol and diesel. Filling stations fully stocked with petrol and diesel.

“Further, MERA would like to inform the public that the country continues to receive liquid fuels and gas (LFG) from the ports of Beira, Nacala and Dare es Salaam without restraint,” MERA said in a statement signed by CEO Collins Magalasi.


“Stakeholders in the fuel supply industry are alert to ensure an effective and efficient response to any impending disruption to LFG supply,” the statement added.


MERA said although Malawi has not registered any case of Coronavirus, the “pandemic necessitates a strategic approach to be taken in the preparedness, management and recovery of a potential fuel and gas supply disturbance.”


MERA said it was in this light than it has activated the national Emergency Response plan and will proceed to work with the national liquid fuels and gas emergency management committee and operations management groups which are provided for in the response plan.


“MERA thanks all fuel importers, transporters, oil marketing companies, retailers, government ministries and departments, retailers, government ministries and department, banks and all stakeholders for the great coordinated approach that has been taken and resulted in our country having healthy fuel stocks at a time that the world is under the Coronavirus threat.”


MERA said it will continue to update the public of the fuel supply in the country as and when necessary.

Malawi burns over 130 million liters of fuel annually, costing $370 million, according to official figures.

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