Yemen: Respite for Aden's fuel crisis as power station refueled

Published June 12th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
A WFP ship bringing fuel supplies to Aden in July 2015. (Twitter)
A WFP ship bringing fuel supplies to Aden in July 2015. (Twitter)

Governmental sources revealed that Aden power station has been refueled after three ships docking in oil harbor have been emptied.

The ships were carrying fuel for power stations, some of which were about to shut down due to the worsening fuel crisis.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that additional amounts of oil derivatives will be distributed among gas stations to help end the gas crisis in the city.

The sources, preferred to remain anonymous, said that Emirates Red Crescent worked with General Electric that communicated with Turkish company Calik to present a report on technical electric problems in Aden.

The report included prices of generators to be bought from Slovenia and Hungary after signing a lending agreement of 172 million AED between Ministry of Electricity and Energy and Crescent Committee.

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obein bin Daghr met with Aden Governor Aidarus al-Zubaidi and Aden Security Chief Major General Shallal Shaea. During the meeting, political and economic issues were tackled as well as the shortage in services in the governorate.

Daghr thanked Aden Governor and Security Chief Major for their spent efforts during hard times. Governor Zubaidi welcomed the resumption of the government’s work in Aden. Major General Shaea spoke of the security situation in the governorate and highlighted the solutions reached on the matter.

During press conference, Zubaidi described the meeting with the prime minister as successful and beneficial. He spoke of several positive outcomes including the electricity crisis.

Zubaidi pointed out that the Minister of Electricity and Energy will sign an agreement with UAE that shall help and come up with a solution. He went on to say that he was assigned by the prime minister to preside a committee to solve the problem of fuel and fuel derivatives. He confirmed that fuel will be available in all power stations in the upcoming days.

Aden local authority spokesman said that services and security are the two important issues they faced after the governorate was liberated from militias. He told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the decision taken by Zubaidi and military and security commanders was important to facilitate the economic and trade activity in Aden.

Spokesman said that despite this, important issues are still unresolved including merging of security and military institutions. He warned that the recently appointed leadership of power company faces many pending issues and cases of corruption.

Commander at Operation Decisive Storm Mounir al-Yafeai revealed that the forces did a series of raids in Aden during the past two days at a number of suspect locations after receiving information indicating the presence of weapons.

He confirmed that the raids happened in agreement with interim authority in Aden represented by local authority and Aden police. He said that upon searching the home of H. Sh., fuel stored in barrels was discovered.

Yafeai explained that they also discovered weapons, ammunition, fuel, and other equipment in one of H. Sh.’s stores.

Yafeai explained that security forces represent an integral part of Aden Police and will fight against anyone threatening the security of the city.

By Mohamed Ali Mohsen

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