Guitouni: National fuel storage capacity to reach 2 million m3 by 2021

Published on : Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:49   Read : 240 time(s)
Guitouni: National fuel storage capacity to reach 2 million m3 by 2021

ALGIERS- The national fuel storage capacity should go from the current 600,000 cubic metres (m3) to 2 million m3 in 2021, said Thursday, the minister of Energy Mustapha Guitouni, adding that this “ambitious” programme will allow reaching fuel storage autonomy of 30 days against 11 days currently.

This programme foresees the construction of several regional storage centres, including the central one in the region of Lekhchem, in Ain Oussera (Djelfa), with a storage capacity of 40,000 m3, said Guitoni in his reply to an oral question at the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament), adding that this centre will cover the needs of Djelfa, Medea, and the bordering provinces and will ensure a 30 day-autonomy.


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The site to house this centre was selected among six sites (two in Djelfa, 4 in Medea) for its large area (10 hectares) and its closeness to the refinery of Tiaret, which will be built soon as well as the railway line and the trunk road 1.

In addition to the strengthening of storage capacity, the fuel production capacity will rise as a result of the extension and redevelopment of the refinery of Baraki (Algiers), which will enter into service in October 2018, in addition to the construction of two new refineries in Hassi Messaoud (Ouargla) and Tiaret, which should enter into service starting from 2021.  


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This plan meets the rising demand in oil products in the past ten years, the fuel demand having increased by 7% in yearly average during this period.

This significant progress is driven by the growth of the national car fleet, the improvement of citizens’ living standards, economic revival, and the low cost of fuel, according to the minister.

Last modified on Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:26
Guitouni: National fuel storage capacity to reach 2 million m3 by 2021