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Cuban President outline measures to deal with conjunctural fuel shortage

President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez
With the Trump administration increasing its economic sanctions against Cuba particularly as it relates to the delivery of fuel oil, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, is reporting that his government has put measures in place to avert a shortage of fuel.

In a recent address to the nation, the Cuban president said “it is well known that the current U.S. administration is increasing its hostilities towards Cuba, with the aim of hurting the basic needs of the people and their daily activities and blaming the Cuban government for this," pressuring us to change the course we have chosen as a country.

“...They persist in trying to prevent the arrival of fuel to Cuba. And additionally apply unilateral measures to limit our contracts with shipping companies that deliver resources to Cuba. There are entities that have withdrawn.“...This situation has caused a shortage of diesel.”

“...Ships with food are arriving in the country, ships with wheat flour, and this is a result of measures that have been adopted recently."Díaz-Canel explained that this scenario forces us to adopt measures to minimize the impact on services to the population and focus on priorities, stressing that this is a conjunctural situation.

National industry guarantees 40 percent of the country's fuel, and with this domestic production, we guarantee the operation of our thermoelectric plants. That is, the fundamental basis of the country's energy system remains stable, the President stated.

All measures adopted have had positive results. However, despite the effort, the arrival of oil tankers was not achieved these last few weeks. In this situation there are two important moments. One is the one we currently experiencing, that will last until September 14, because fuel will not arrive until that date. On the 14th, a tanker will arrive.

The next shipments arrive at the end of September. We must maintain conservation and efficiency measures so that this fuel lasts until the end of the month, when the other vessels arrive and stabilize the situation. October contracts are negotiated. We are sure that fuel will be guaranteed at the end of September, and with the October contracts, Díaz said.

  • Countries: Cuba

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