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PLEASE NOTE: This assessment was carried out in 2009. Information will be updated as soon as possible. 

Central African Republic Fuel

For information on Central African Republic Fuel contact details, please see the following link:

4.2.5 Central African Republic Fuel Provider Contact List

The Central African Republic is not an oil producer. The country relies entirely on importation to satisfy its domestic demand for fuel and other oil related products, which is estimated around 100,000cbm/year or 80,000 metric tons/year. In comparison to the annual demand, available oil storage capacity in the country is estimated at 48,000cbm (or 38,400 metric tons), which is quite good. The import, storage and distribution of petroleum products were privatized in 1999. Since then, the oil sector has been dominated by three companies:

SOCASP[1], a joint Company between the Central African government (51%), Total (25%), Tradex (15%) and others (9%), actually replaced the former SOGAL[2] and is exclusively in charge of the importation and storage of oil products in the country.
Total Centrafrique and Tradex Centrafrique, which are in charge of the commercialisation of oil products.

Total has the largest share of the market, with filling stations in all main towns. Tradex, a Cameroonian company, has five filling stations in Bangui and is present in Baoro and Damara.
The Central African Republic relies entirely on oil importation to satisfy the domestic demand. The oil import to the country is done through two corridors. The main corridor is from Brazzaville along the rivers Ubangui and Congo. This corridors accounts for 80% of the importation of the country and is active during the rainy season only (June to January). The second corridor is through Cameroon and it accounts for only 20% and can not exceed this limit[3] (according to a law voted by the parliament).
In 2008, the quantity of petroleum products imported was estimated around 80,000cbm or 64,000 metric tons. The repartition by corridor was as follows:
Corridor Ubangui/Congo : 64,000cbm or 51,200 metric tons
Corridor Cameroon: 16,000cbm or 12,800 metric tons.

[1] Société Centrafricaine de Stockage de Produits Pétroliers.

[2] Société de Gestion des Actifs Pétroliers.

[3] The import through Cameroon takes place during the dry season. But, in case of unexpected increase of the demand, the additional quantity can be imported through Douala, without any limitation. This is actually the case for aviation fuel.

Information may also be found at: My Travel Cost Website information on Central African Republic which is updated monthly. 

Fuel Pricing

The price at pump of fuel is not the same throughout the country. The lowest price is observed in Bangui where the main fuel depots are located. From Bangui to elsewhere in the Central African Republic, the price depends on the distance.
It should be mentioned that the price of fuel also depends on the evolution of the international market, although it is sometimes subsidize by the government. Current fuel prices observed in Bangui filling stations are as follows:
Super: 780 XAF/Litre
Diesel oil: 750 XAF/Litre
Domestic fuel (pétrole lampant): 530 XAF/Litre
JET A1: 610 XAF/Litre (Available in Bangui Airport, but should be confirmed for other airports before takeoff).

Fuel Prices as of: n/a (local currency and US$)

Petrol (per litre)

530 XAF

Diesel (per litre)

750 XAF

Paraffin (per litre)

n/a

Jet A1 (per litre)610 XAF

Seasonal Variations 

Seasonal Variations

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel, e.g. are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military? (Yes / No)

Yes

Is there a rationing system? (Yes / No)

n/a

Is fuel to lower income/vulnerable groups subsidized? (Yes / No)

n/a

Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs? (Yes / No)

Yes

Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to contract directly a reputable supplier/distributor to provide its fuel needs? (Yes / No)

Yes

Fuel Transportation

There are two main fuel depots in the country. The biggest one is Kolongo, on the Ubangui River, with a total 14 tanks representing a capacity of 45, 000 m3. Actually, this quantity is sufficient to cover the need of 6 months consumption. Salo, located on the Sangha River, is another major depot with a storage capacity of 3, 500 m3 but actually not in used since the infrastructure and equipment is no longer operational.
Another depot is located at the international airport in Bangui with seven tanks for a total storage capacity of 300 m3. The replenishment of that depot is under the responsibility of SOCASP but the retailing of fuel to aircraft operators is managed by TOTAL.

Fuel supply is done by tank trucks (tankers) throughout the country.  It should however be recalled that 80% of fuel import into the country is done on barges from Kinshasa and along the rivers Congo and Ubangui, whereas the remaining 20% is done with tank trucks through Cameroon.

Standards, Quality and Testing

Industry Control Measures

Tanks with adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel

(Yes / No)

Yes

Filters in the system, monitors where fuel is loaded into aircraft

(Yes / No)

n/a

Adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks

(Yes / No)

n/a

Presence of suitable fire fighting equipment

(Yes / No)

Yes

Standards Authority

Is there a national or regional standards authority? (Yes / No)

Yes

If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced? (Yes / No)

n/a

Testing Laboratories

Are there national testing laboratories? (Yes / No)

No

Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory

Companyn/a

Name 

n/a

Address

n/a

Telephone and Fax

n/a

Contact

n/a

Standards Used - n/a