National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) has confirmed that the strategic fuel reserves which have been under construction in all the three regions of the country are now ready to be commissioned and will start operations before the end this year.
In September, Malawi government re-engaged the supplier and contractor of the reserves following a discovery that they had faulty loading meters at the technical commissioning stage.
The meters did not comply with the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) certification.
Nocma Communications Officer, Telephorous Chigwenembe, has confirmed that the meters were replaced and that MBS has since approved them for use.
“The strategic fuel reserves in Lilongwe are now ready for official commissioning. Nocma is working on modalities to source fuel to start filling up the reserves in Lilongwe after the official opening,” he said.
According to Chigwenembe, the Blantyre and Mzuzu depots will be commissioned in early 2017.
Nocma, has been spearheading construction of the reserves in the three regions of the country.
Lilongwe and Blantyre depots have capacity of 25 million litres each, while the Mzuzu site has a capacity of 10 million litres, totaling 60 million litres.
“That gives us 60 days of fuel cover, a great improvement to the 10 days cover we have at the moment,” he said.
The three fuel reserves have been constructed using a line of credit from Exim Bank of India worth about $26.5 million to guarantee security of fuel supply in the country.