Government rescinds order for plants to use petcoke - Ethiopia

Government rescinds order for plants to use petcoke - Ethiopia
Published: 28 June 2011

The Ethiopian government has rescinded its instruction to cement factories to start using petcoke. As an alternative source of energy, all cement factories were instructed by the Ministry of Industry (MoI) five months ago to start using petcoke by June 7, 2011, to reduce foreign currency spending on heavy fuel oil (HFO).

However, the Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise (EPE) has since determined that the petcoke it had planned to import from abroad could not be obtained.

“No breakthrough has been made to secure a pet coke supply for the country,” an employee of the EPE, who was not authorised to comment, told Fortune.