Petroleum Minister Osama Kamal announced on Thursday that private fuel companies would begin setting up mobile fuel stations in parts of greater Cairo in order to resolve the recurring problem of long lines at gas stations.
The minister said that licenses had also been issued for 20 new stations. Denying that there is a fuel crisis, he said “I believe the problem is in the distribution of fuel, not the supply.”
Since the 25 January revolution Egypt has suffered repeated fuel shortages, with cars blocking gas stations and a number of fights erupting over limited supplies in governorates across the country.
The government recently announced its intention to reduce subsidies of petroleum products without compromising middle-income earners.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-YoumTags: fuel shortages, 25 January revolution Egypt, private fuel, Petroleum Minister Osama Kamal