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Djibouti Fuel

Although there is currently no upstream (exploration or production) oil activity in Djibouti, the government has tried to generate interest in offshore oil exploration without success. The downstream oil sector however, is an important aspect of Djibouti's economy, given the role the capital city plays as a significant regional bunkering and refuelling facility.
Two companies—TOTAL DJIBOUTI and OILIBYA—handle refuelling at Djibouti's port. The companies distribute and market petroleum products in the country. Storage capacity at the port facility is 1.26 million barrels (200,000 cubic meters).

For information on Djibouti Fuel contact details, please see the following link: 

4.7 Djibouti Fuel Provider Contact List

Fuel Pricing

The price at the pump which is under Government’s control may vary based on taxes and benefits of suppliers as per Government requirement, rules and regulations. Same price is applied by all distributors.
Currently, the market of supplying fuel in Djibouti is under control of two main companies, TOTAL DJIBOUTI and OILIBYA.
TOTAL DJIBOUTI Takes over fuel from TOTAL FRANCE coming from several petroleum fields, whereas OILIBYA handles fuel from Saudi Arabia.

Fuel cargo for both distributors arrives at Horizon Doraleh Terminal Ltd (HDTL), which is the first level of storage. This terminal as mentioned before can accommodate about 371,000 cubic meters.
The price at the pump which is under Government’s control may vary based on taxes and benefits of suppliers as per Government requirement, rules and regulations. Same price is applied by all distributors.

Fuel Prices as of: 17 Oct 2013 (local currency and US$)

Petrol (per litre)

315 FD / 1.78 USD

Diesel (per litre)

215 FD / 1.215 USD

Paraffin (per litre)

n/a

Jet A1 (per litre)190 FD / 1.073 USD

Seasonal Variations 

It’s known that in case of prioritisation, national authorities may instruct distributors to supply in priority fuel to EDD (Electricité de Djibouti) the National electricity power supplier in order to ensure power is supplied within the country.

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)

No

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

No

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

No

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

No

Fuel Transportation

Ships are offloaded through pipelines into bulk storage.

  • From the bulk storage to distribution pump, the fuel is transported by trucks;
  • From Djibouti to main town districts, the fuel is transported by trucks, Dohw etc

The facility and capacity that is to be built in Djibouti with the main objective of becoming a regional hub is capable to respond to high demand. For the time being it’s sufficient enough for local demand. As such, there are enough trucks to meet current demand with even more from humanitarian community.
In case of huge increase of local demand there is a possibility to rely on Ethiopian trucks which are more than sufficient to respond to any demand from Djibouti.