April 5, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian Petroleum Supplier Enterprise (EPSE) has retracted its statement last month that reported that the country had imported over $1 billion of fuel from neighbouring Sudan via Djibouti, as reported by Sudan Tribune on March 31.
The EPSE Sunday reported that the 1,091,823 metric tonnes of oil had in fact been
imported from other sources, the EPSE’s spokesperson, Alemayehu Tsegaye declined to name.
Without disclosing the reasons behind the decision the spokesperson told Sudan Tribune that Ethiopia stopped importing fuel from Sudan last year after it terminated its contract with Khartoum.
Ethiopia used to import up to 85% of its annual oil consumption from neighbouring Sudan, largely due to its geographic proximity.