Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) says it has in stock enough fuel to supply the country for the next three months and that plans are now underway to start importing stocks for the first quarter of 2017.
PIL General Manager, Enwell Kadango, has confirmed the development and said despite the political tension in Mozambique that saw three of its fuel tankers burnt in that country, the company has in place strategies to consistently meet the needs of consumers.
Between June and July this year, transporters, including fuel tankers travelling along the stretch in Mozambique, were facing armed attacks.
The development, according to Kadango, prompted his company to start engaging the services of army officers to escort fuel tankers transiting through Mozambique.
“We have done quite well this year though, at some point, fuel tankers faced the threat of being attacked. But other than that, we have not faced any other challenge to supply fuel because we are using army escort on that stretch in Mozambique,” Kadango said.
He also said they started using other routes of transporting fuel including Nacala and Dar es Salaam ports to ensure that fuel is available.
“We also started the route through Zimbabwe, using the pipeline to Harare to ferry fuel. So far, there has been no hiccup and we have stocks to take us to the end of the year,” he said.