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Zambian fuel crisis does not affect mining industry

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Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 October 2009 – The current fuel crisis in Zambia has not affected the mining sector, according to the country’s Chamber of Mines president Nathan Chishimba.

In an interview here, Chishimba told The Times of Zambia that there had been no major disruptions in the operations of the mining sector, because the mines had always kept a contingency supply of fuel. “We always have contingency fuel to see the mines running, even in situations like the current one we are going through,” he said.

He went on to explain that the worry would only come if the situation persisted to the extent that resulted in the contingency fuel being depleted.

Chishimba urged the government of Zambia to conduct a comprehensive review of the supply chain, saying the market had changed and that the system should be moving with time, taking into account the many developments which had occurred during the years.

Meanwhile the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has allowed the oil marketing companies in Zambia to distribute their product outside the stipulated time, as long as precautionary measures are put in place to ensure the safety of people and property.

According to a statement released yesterday, ERB acting executive director, Lukonde Mfula said discretion was being exercised during the period of shortage to allow for the commodity to be transported to where it was required.

A survey last week showed that a shortage of petrol has continued, but that some filling stations in Lusaka and on the Copperbelt had stocks of diesel.