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Zambia probes importation of contaminated crude oil


The Zambian government has instituted investigations to establish how contaminated crude oil was imported into the country, resulting in damage to key installations at the country’s sole oil refinery, state broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

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Indeni Petroleum Refinery, the country’s sole oil refinery has been shut following damage to some installation caused by contaminated crude oil.

Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma said the government has instituted investigations to determine the extent of the damage to the state-run oil refinery plant, according to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
Investigations are being conducted jointly by the government and management at the oil refinery, he added.

The Zambian minister however said the government has already taken steps to limit the extent of damage to the processing plant and arrayed fears that the country may experience a fuel shortage due to the closure of the plant.

The plant, situated in Ndola city on the Copperbelt Province, will be opened as soon as the damage has been rectified.
Other reports have said engineers at the oil refinery were struggling to stabilize the plant which has been shut for close to a week after key installations got damaged due to the faulty crude oil.

The closure of the plant has resulted in the importation of finished petroleum products, resulting in an increase in fuel pump prices. Enditem

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