An Emirati cargo ship carrying 12,000 metric tons of diesel for Hadhramaut power stations has arrived in the southern Yemeni port of Mukalla, which has almost stopped working.
Hameed Al Shamsi, representative of the UAE Red Crescent in Hadramout, said that this ship is the first to arrive in Mukalla port and that the rest of the ships will continue according to the agreed schedule.
Major General Faraj Salmeen Al Bahsani, Governor of Hadhramaut Governor, welcomed the UAE rescue support to the power stations in Hadramaut.He said that the power stations were about to stop working without the UAE’s rapid response as the first ships loaded with oil derivatives arrived at Mukalla port.
For his part, Abdullah Hamran, Director General of the Public Authority for Electricity of Sahel Hadramout, said that the grant from the UAE would solve the problem of power outages, , expressing thanks and appreciation to the UAE and its humanitarian arm Red Crescent Authority for their constant support to Hadramout.
Several provinces in south Yemen are suffering from a severe fuel crisis, the day after a general strike by employees of the state-run oil company in Aden, where the interim capital is located.
The strike, which began on Tuesday, came at the invitation of the union committee of the oil company, against the backdrop of the government’s decision to restrict the import and sale of oil derivatives to the company, “refineries Aden” (government), which is considered by the oil company against the laws governing the work of the two companies .
Aden refineries are refining crude and importing derivatives while the oil company distributes derivatives in the local market.
Local residents in Aden have confirmed that dozens of petrol stations in various districts of the province have been closed to cars since Tuesday, and the sale of fuel is now happening on the black market.
For its part, the General Electricity Corporation in Aden, appealed to the government to speed up the supply of power plants with fuel, and said in a statement, that the power plants did not receive their share of fuel, which threatens to leave the power plants out of service, starting from Wednesday evening, because the stock is running out.
Six months ago, Saudi Arabia announced that it would supply power plants in the liberated provinces of the Huthi militia with the necessary fuel to operate them for a year to ease the crisis of frequent power cuts.
Yemen is suffering from a severe shortage of oil and derivatives that are needed to generate electricity.
The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Humanitarian Works signed an agreement with Yemen’s Ministry of Electricity to implement a $100 million power plant in Aden.
The agreement comes within the framework of UAE programs to support the electric power sector implemented by the UAE in Yemen, Aden.
Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of Supreme Council Affairs in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Vice President of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Foundation for Humanitarian Works, said: “$100 million has been approved for the construction of a power plant and the development of the electricity
network. The capacity will be about 120 megawatts and will be operational in late 2019. “
He added that “we are facing with our brothers in Yemen in country reconstruction challenge in order to rebuild state institutions and face catastrophic economic and humanitarian consequences of the
Houthis putsch, reminding the press of the UAE’s active and strong contribution and will to support humanitarian development and relief efforts.