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.
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.
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.