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Ethiopia imports $1 billion in fuel from Sudan via Djibouti

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 30, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Ethiopian Petroleum Supplier Enterprise (EPSE) said on Saturday that the nation has imported over 1 million metric tonnes of petroleum from neighbouring Sudan via the port of Djibouti.

Officials said the stated fuel amount was imported at a cost $1.12 billion over the past six months.

A similar amount of petroleum is expected to be imported over the next six months to meet the growing demand for energy in one of Africa’s emerging and fastest growing economies.

The fuel imported during first half of the Ethiopian fiscal year was a rise of 21% in comparison to the same period last year.

According to EPSE’s spokesperson, Alemayehu Tsegaye, the imported 1,091,823 metric tonnes of fuel surpasses the initial planned target of 1,093, 073 metric tonnes.

Ethiopia imports up to 85% of its annual oil consumption from neighbouring Sudan, largely due to its geographic proximity.

The Horn of Africa nation saves at least $10 million in transit related costs per year by using Sudanese oil sources rather than importing from markets further afield, such as the Middle East.

During the stated period of the budget year, Ethiopia has also imported over 125,000 metric tonnes of coal and spent over $20 million on maintaining sustainable energy supplies for manufacturing and industry.

Over 50% of Ethiopia’s imports are to meet the nation’s fuel demand.

As Ethiopia and Sudan link their power grids, the two East African countries are planning to offset the revenues earned from Ethiopia’s sale of hydropower processed electricity to Sudan with the equivalent expenditure on Sudanese fuel.

Under Ethiopia’s five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) launched two-and-a-half years ago, the government is spending billions of US dollars on the construction of several power plants, including the Ethiopian Great Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River, which will be Africa’s largest once complete.

Ethiopia’s electricity generation capacity is set to increase to 10,000 MW by 2015 up from the current level of about 3,000 MW once the power projects are complete, making the country a regional power hub.

Ethiopia hopes that power exports can provide a crucial bridge to its plans to develop the country’s economy.

(ST)

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  • 31 March 2013 07:09, by Jalaby

    To Jonobean,
    Never ever think this oil that Mondokoro is exporting to Ethiopia is stolen oil from the south never, Mondokoro are known to be honest, generous and never broke into their president office and stole $6 million as your SPLA/M shamefully did!!

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    • 31 March 2013 07:18, by Jalaby

      I told you before that Ethiopia imports around 80% of its oil from Sudan with very cheap price in compare to international oil price (please don’t say because it’s stolen oil)!
      The stoppage of the south oil didn’t just affect Sudan but Ethiopia as well because Ethiopia gets cheap oil from Sudan in addition to their economy that becomes so associated to Sudan economy

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      • 31 March 2013 07:34, by Jalaby

        and gets affected positively or negatively by Sudan economy momentum and you can see Ethiopians at every corner in Khartoum and everywhere in Sudan and when the Sudanese pound was strong against dollar before SPLA/M thieves halt the oil production, the minimum income for any Ethiopian labor in Sudan was around $300 per month and there was no restriction before in

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        • 31 March 2013 07:49, by Jalaby

          transferring dollars outside Sudan when the central bank had surplus of foreign currency and those Ethiopian labors were supporting their Ethiopian economy when transfer hard currency and feed their economy!
          Remember former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawy worked so hard with AU to convince Mr. Kiir to resume their oil production through Sudan and remember when

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          • 31 March 2013 07:54, by Nachura

            Jalaby,
            Why are you suspicious? You have not been asked as to where you got the oil but then you decided to pre-empt the question and answer by yourself. It is obvious that the oil is that of South Sudan.

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          • 31 March 2013 07:55, by Jalaby

            Mr. Kiir returned from Ethiopia after the first round of negotiation with Bashir and he accused the African mediation committee led by Mr. Mbeky and Meles of pushing on the south to accept the deal!! that’s because Ethiopian economy will also be affected by thieves decision of halting the oil production!!

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            • 31 March 2013 08:02, by Jalaby

              It’s not secret that Ethiopia wasn’t happy with South Sudan separation despite never said it publicly like neighboring Chad mentioned it publicly when president Idris Deby openly opposed the south separation from Sudan because all these countries have their similar situation at their home and that will encourage the minority in their country to ask the same thing

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              • 31 March 2013 08:07, by Jalaby

                especially Ethiopia because Ethiopia is known to be the country of ethnicity and many regions in Ethiopia that based on ethnicity will ask the same thing as we all know about the Ogden problem and many other ethnic groups demand such as Oromo in Ethiopia plus one Sudan for sure will pour into their benefit and interest from economy and stability point of view!

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                • 31 March 2013 08:18, by Jalaby

                  You can make your comparison and make your own judgement if any one of Sudan neighboring is benefiting from the south separation but the opposite is correct I believe and Ethiopia isn’t getting anything good from the south other than creating instability security problem at their border with Jonglei state and many other problems

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                  • 31 March 2013 08:29, by Jalaby

                    Except for Uganda & Kenya all Sudan neighboring countries including Congo & Republican Central Africa were opposing the south separation for the reason that I mentioned above, and for Uganda & Kenya which supported the separation hoping to get benefit from that separation and enrich their economies with south oil money and others,

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                    • 31 March 2013 08:34, by Jalaby

                      Unfortunately their dream evaporated in the air so quickly and they got to know the hard truth so late that South Sudan economy is so associated with Sudan economy exactly like the child who can’t stay away from his mother milk for so long otherwise will die and that’s exactly what happened to South Sudan!

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                      • 31 March 2013 08:42, by Jalaby

                        I strongly urge Mondokoro in the north to steal south oil when it passes through their land, don’t worry or feel any bad ethical feeling because that theft will be well justified for many reasons, first the thieves in the south will steal it anyway and will never reach to the poor people in the south who suppose to benefit it,

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                        • 31 March 2013 08:54, by Jalaby

                          Second,there is no hope for any positive development in the south and better life for southerners as long as thieves are ruling and fully controlling the south and north Sudan is expected to make a giant development and flourishing economy as most of Sudan infrastructure projects are about to finish and peace has become very close in B.N. & S.K. and Darfour, therefore

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                          • 31 March 2013 09:02, by Jalaby

                            Jonobean will migrate in huge number to north benefiting from 4 freedoms agreement seeking for a better opportunities and life, Mondokoro should use that stolen oil money to benefit southerners in the north, and remember good and strong economy in the north will directly strengthen the economy in the south and the opposite is correct no single doubt about it!

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                            • 31 March 2013 09:12, by Jalaby

                              Remember, the south had started the war since 1955 and destroyed Sudan economy so badly and now it’s time to fix and pay back regarding all the damages and devastation that the south created by initiating that ugly war!
                              Also the recent invasion to Heglig and SPLA thieves destroyed the oil facilities over there in a crazy way and that facility is considered to be the

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                              • 31 March 2013 09:16, by Jalaby

                                main station for processing the oil from Unity state in the south and now SPLA/M thieves want to use it to allow their oil to head north, see how those people are visionless!
                                Absolutely, stealing oil south by Mondokoro is well justified no single doubt about it, just go nut Mondokoro!!

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                    • 31 March 2013 20:17, by Beny yomnhoi

                      Ethiopian have been backing us during the war but economic can force you to sell your brother just for one pound. how can they involve themselves in the stealing of our oil from Republic of South Sudan and pretend it to be from Sudan.Sudan have been surviving from resources of RS S otherwise they would have fade off sincerely.i have realize now from this text the cause of delay of all agreemen

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  • 31 March 2013 20:54, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The Ethiopians are fed up with cleoptocrats called the SPLM/SPLA. The South has been stabed right at the back. There is nothing Ethiopian can do other than survive economically. Provision of services to the Ethiopians is priority number one for the FDRE.

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  • 31 March 2013 21:03, by Fetehyelem

    Jalaby,are you mental on medication?If your drugs run out please see your GP,if you have one,ASAP.Your comments are complete trash.Ethiopians donot have any fear of separation as you wish,our threat is the current TIGRE led gov.Before you open your stinky mouth and throw nasty words on us out of the blue think twice.The oil thats said to have been imported to Eth is fake and fabricated by the TPL

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  • 31 March 2013 21:20, by Fetehyelem

    TPLF(Tigray People Libration Front) is preoccupied with scrambling our country day to day in association with Sudanes. TPLF is a group of enemies of Ethiopia. Telling lies and announcing unfounded growth by TPLF since 1991 is not strange to Ethiopians.we’ve got used to it.Anyways it wont be too long to celebrate their demise & revenge to the neighbouring countries incomplicit with TPLF to harm Eth

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    • 1 April 2013 11:10, by henok

      Guys (from both S and Sudan):
      You know the man from Ethiopia with the name Fethyelem is a lost soul from the former defunct,defeated dictatorial regime. He comes here lonely and leaves toxic words against the current progressive and neibghours-friendly government: The EPRDF. He was just a soldier in that gone for ever regime. He writes down completely unrelated, hatred-infested words. His target

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      • 1 April 2013 11:20, by henok

        is the TPLF/EPRDF that beat him in the actual battle field and chased away the clumsy Derg regime.Fetehyelem lives abroad lamenting his defeat and loss of power.So do not give him a shit as he himself is a tard,a mass of shit. At times,he attempts to disseminate a seed of discord between people of the three countries.Ahyaw Fetehyelem,the old,dying dogs like u keep barking,but the caravan marches

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