Two American energy firms, Greencomm and Innovative Clear Choice Technologies (ICCT), have proposed to the Ethiopian government to build a natural gas refinery plant that can process gas to liquid petroleum at a cost of two billion dollars.
A rebel group in eastern Ethiopia’s gas-rich Somali region began landmark peace talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government. The talks may lead to a referendum on self-determination after a three-decade insurgency by the Ogaden National Liberation Front in an area where gas extraction could generate $7 billion of state revenue a year. They’re the latest step toward a political thaw in the Horn of Africa country in the wake of sweeping political reforms initiated under Abiy since he came to power in April.
Representatives of the ONLF met Somali regional state’s acting President Mustafa Omer and Ethiopian government officials in Asmara, the capital of neighboring Eritrea, ONLF Foreign Secretary Ahmed Yassin Abdi said by phone from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The ONLF has agreed to work with Mustafa to seek “more rights for the Somali people,” according to Ahmed.
The Ethiopian Petroleum Supply Enterprise (EPSE) will soon float an open international tender inviting oil trading companies for the supply of fuel to be delivered in 2019. EPSE estimates that the country would need 2,780,000 metric tons of gasoil, 840,000 metric tons of jet-fuel, 494,000 metric tons of gasoline and 83,000 metric tons of fuel oil. The country’s total annual fuel demand in 2019 is estimated at 4,197,000 metric tons valued at 2.8 up to three billion dollars.
Based on the agreements the Ethiopian government signed with the governments of Kuwait and Sudan a few years ago a significant amount of fuel is purchased from the state owned national oil companies of the two countries without a tender. Tadesse Hailemariam CEO of EPSE told The Reporter that 50 percent of the gasoil and 100 percent of the jet fuel would be supplied by the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Fifty percent of the gasoil would be purchased from oil trading companies through the open international tender which EPSE would put up in end of September.
Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to build an oil pipeline between Eritrea’s port city of Assab and Addis Ababa. This was revealed today during a meeting between Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and Reem Al Hashimy, UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation. During the meeting, the two sides also discussed ways to implement previously concluded investment agreements, which among others, include development of real estate and resorts, according to Fitusm Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The two countries also agreed to conduct a study to build an oil pipeline between the port of Assab and Ethiopia, Fitusm, who attended the meeting, said. After the discussion, Reem Al Hashimy told Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) that the UAE is keen to exploit the investment opportunities available in Ethiopia. The peace deal reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea is a good opportunity for the UAE to invest in Ethiopia, she added.