3.1 Cote d'Ivoire Fuel


SIR – Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage – was established in 1962 in order to:

  • Supply the local market and  region with quality refined products;
  • Guarantee a regular supply of oil products for the CI local market;
  • Be a player on the international market.

Crude oil is foremost imported from Nigeria (50%) or via purchases on the spot market (35%) in shipments of 100,000 to 125,000 mt, via some 24 to 26 shipments a year. The shipments are offloaded at one of the ocean mooring buoys four nautical miles off the coast. Between 25 and 60,000 mt of crude oil originates yearly from the Côte d’Ivoire oilfields. The SIR plant is solely geared towards the refining of crude oil with low sulphur content and produces consequently fuels with low sulphur content. SIR is also procuring natural gas from the Côte d’Ivoire “Panthère” oil field operated by the American consortium, Ocean Energy. The SIR annual production of refined products amounts to 3.5 million tons. The Côte d’Ivoire market is good for 1.1 million tons of refined products. The Government exercises strict control over fuel oil prices. SIR has a monopoly for the supply of refined oil products in Côte d’Ivoire. Some 100,000 mt is exported annually to the Burkina Faso and Mali market. The remainder is sold on the international market. The market for the distribution of fuel oils has been liberalised and is controlled by the major oil companies regrouped in the “Groupement des Professionnels du Pétrole – GPP-CI” and by private distributors regrouped in the “ Association Professionnelle des Pétroliers de Côte d’Ivoire – APCI”.

The “Société Multinationale de Bitume – SBM “is a subsidiary of SIR. It supplies the local market and the region with bitumen and assorted products. The range of products supplied by SIR and currently available in the country includes:

  • Super (lead free) premium/ 4 stars
  • Paraffin oil / kerosene
  • Jet A1
  • Gasoil / diesel
  • Normal petrol
  • Vacuum Gas Oil

Mytravelcost information on Cote d'Ivoire

For information on Cote d'Ivoire government contacts details, please see the following link: 4.2.1 Cote D'Ivoire Government Contact List

For information on Cote d'Ivoire fuel company contacts details, please see the following link: 4.2.6 Cote d'Ivoire Fuel Provider Contact List

Fuel Pricing

The Government exercises strict controls over the price of fuel oil products in CI

Fuel Prices as of: Sep2015 (local currency and US$)

Petrol (per litre)

680 F CFA - US$ 1.39

Diesel (per litre)

580 F CFA - US$ 1

Paraffin (per litre)

500 F CFA- US$ 0.94

Jet A1 (per litre) n/a

Seasonal Variations

Seasonal Variations

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (Yes / No)


Army and ONUCI

Is there a rationing system? (Yes / No)


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


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

Yes, if need be; export of refined products will be adjusted and downsized accordingly. Only 29% of SIR’s production is destined for the local market.

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


Fuel Transportation

Internal transportation of fuel products IS carried out with 35 to 50 m³ tanker lorries. The construction of an oil pipeline between Abidjan – Yamoussoukro – Bouake is in progress. The transportation infrastructure and fleet are sufficient to handle current domestic needs as well as increased demand from the humanitarian community

Standards, Quality and Testing

Industry Control Measures

Tanks with adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel

(Yes / No)


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

(Yes / No)


Adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks

(Yes / No)


Presence of suitable fire fighting equipment

(Yes / No)


For information on Cote d'Ivoire additional details, please see the following document: Cote d'Ivoire Fuel Additional Information

Note: The information provided in the attached document, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

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