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Congo Brazzaville: The price of fuel triple despite oil-rich country

It is the entire country that is deeply affect by the fuel shortage. For two weeks, Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire have been experiencing a severe shortage of gasoline. Gas stations are running out of fuel, there is widespread paralysis in the transport sector.

The price of a liter of petrol has triple. Complaints are increasingly being hear by sellers, taxi drivers and even consumers.

Yet Congo Brazzaville is one of the Central African countries immensely rich in oil. The question that comes up on the lips is what would be the source of this fuel shortage in the country?

Inadequate trucks

Reports from the Brazzaville newspaper explain that the problem would come from the logistics. At the level of the national oil company of Congo (SNPC). Ensures the transport of hydrocarbons from Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville. A source close to the company explains that the fuel is available at the refinery in Pointe-Noire. There is a lack of tanker trucks to transport it from Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville.

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Fuel shortage
In the streets, the anger of the Congolese is heard: “I am forced, every day, to spend the night in a gas station. To get a fuel to work the next day,” says a citizen. Thereby estimating that his life “no longer makes sense”, forced to live under the stress.

The price of a liter of fuel has tripled in the Congolese capital, and the situation paralyzes the activity of public transport.

No explanation

“What annoys me the most is that since this situation started. No person in charge of the hydrocarbons department has gone to the niche. And to give the slightest explanation,” explains another inhabitant of the capital. Before continuing: “as long as Insecurity raged in the Department of Pool. We could understand the lack of fuel. But as now peace has settled almost wondered about the reasons for the difficult situation we are living.

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