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‘Rail haulage to cut fuel importation cost’


By Wezzie Gausi:

National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) has said the use of rail in importing fuel would help the country reduce importation costs and cushion fuel pump prices.

The development comes after Lilongwe Strategic Fuel Reserve has been connected to the rail network that starts in Nacala, Mozambique.

Nocma Deputy Chief Executive Officer Hellen Buluma said work to connect Blantyre Strategic Fuel Reserve to the rail network in Nacala was in progress.

Buluma said, as it stands, 92 percent of the work has been done.

“As we speak, the connection of the rail line has been completed and awaits fixing of the rail between Mchinji and Salima to bring fuel from Nacala direct into Nocma’s tanks at Kanengo, Lilongwe,” Buluma Said.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources Committee of Parliament Chairperson Werani Chilenga has commended Nocma for the move.

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