MINISTER of Energy and Water Development Dora Siliya says Government will continue to support the private sector with sufficient electricity and fuel for businesses to thrive.
Ms Siliya said there is need to create jobs outside Government through the implementation of various projects in sectors such as energy and agriculture, among others.
Speaking when she commissioned the 15.5 million-litre fuel depot built at a cost of US$30 million in Solwezi yesterday, Ms Siliya said shortages of fuel in Solwezi would now be a thing of the past following the successful completion of the project.
“There should be no disruption of fuel supply because fuel powers the economy,” she said.
Ms Siliya also regretted the recent shortage of fuel in Solwezi and assured that there would be no disruption of supply in the district as the fuel depot has capacity to stock enough fuel for local consumption.
Government will build similar infrastructure in Chipata, Mansa and Choma, among others, to ensure a smooth supply of petroleum products across the country.
At the same event, TAZAMA managing director Davison Thawethe said the Solwezi fuel depot will ease the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the province.
“The depot has been designed to meet the local and international standards of the petroleum industry ensuring efficient, safe and environmentally friendly operations,” Mr Thawethe said.
He urged oil-marketing companies operating in the province to prioritise the uplifting of fuel from the depot to supply clients in the region.