Egypt ups diesel supply for harvest season

Ahram Online, Sunday 20 May 2012

Petrol authority says it will pump 3,000 extra tonnes per day to meet seasonal demand from Egyptian farmers

Egyptian authorities will pump 38,000 tonnes of diesel per day into the market to meet increased demand by farmers during the harvest season, according to Ahram's Arabic-language portal.

The country's main harvest begins in May and lasts for several months, prompting extra demand for fuel among farmers with heavy machinery.
 
The vice-president of Egypt's Petroleum Authority, Amr Mustafa, announced on Sunday that the state will up daily deliveries of diesel by 3,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes during the coming weeks. 
 
He added that 67,000 tonnes of imported diesel fuel will arrive at Egyptian ports on Monday to bridge the gap between local production and consumption needs. 
 
Diesel is mainly used for heavy transports, agriculture tractors, trucks, minibuses and lorries. 
 
Domestic production accounts for around 90 per cent of Egypt's consumption, according to Ahram's report, with the rest covered through imports.
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