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Senegal minimizes kerosene shortage and announces new delivery

Senegal admitted jet gas delivery problems on Tuesday but denied there was no inventory after the capital’s airport warned that planes may no longer be able to make the full.

On Monday evening, Blaise-Diagne International Airport said “adverse global conditions” and volatility in commodity markets had severely disrupted jet fuel resources.

The airport, near Dakar, the capital of West African countries, has advised incoming planes to hold enough gas to allow them to make return flights.

SMCady, the company that manages the airport’s fuel, also said in a letter seen by AFP that it would not be able to refuel jet planes from Wednesday, for a period of about two weeks.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February sent oil prices up around the world. Russia, subject to severe Western sanctions, is a major energy producer.

However, at a press conference on Tuesday, Senegalese Energy Minister Sophie Gladima told reporters that new supplies of kerosene were due to arrive the same day.

“The situation is very difficult but there is no shortage of supplies,” she said.

Airlines have reassured passengers that flights will continue. National airline Air Senegal said on Tuesday that its flight schedule would remain unchanged despite the kerosene shortage.

A spokesperson for Air France told AFP that flights between Dakar and Paris stop to refuel in the Canary Islands.

The International Air Transport Association said it was in contact with Senegalese officials about the shortage.

“We are not aware that this is a problem in other African countries currently,” an IATA spokeswoman said.