Starting early next year, Uganda will be shifting from road to water transport to import petroleum and other oil products. The revelation was made by the commissioner Petroleum Supply Department in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Frank Tumwebaze. He was inspecting the ongoing works at the strategic terminal on lake Victoria Transportation Project in Entebbe.
This facility will receive and store over 70 million litres of fuel imported from Kisumu, Kenya. the commissioner says the transportation of these products comes with huge advantages. These range from low transportation costs, less time spent in transit and minimisng risks of adalteration of fuel among other benefits.
For so long until now, Uganda being a landlocked country has transported many products using the expensive and risky road transport from Mombasa Port in Kenya. As a result the country’s importing industry has suffered various problems such as road accidents in which huge losses have been incurred. This has been affecting workers welfare and the country’s economy at large.
Officials from petroleum importing and supply companies have welcomed the venture saying it will save them huge sums of money involved in importation of fuel and oil products.