The Honourable Minister of Energy Meteorology, Mr. Mochoboroane, the Principal Secretary, the Board, the Department of Energy and the Petroleum Fund Management undertook a two day study tour to Botswana Oil to learn about their approach towards the strategic fuel storage facility development and management thereof.
The two day tour entailed a site visit to the existing fuel storage facility in Gaborone and a construction site at Tshele Hill.
As a country, we are exposed to a risk of running short of fuel due to refineries shutdown or industrial strikes in the Republic of South Africa; which is the sole source of supply. Furthermore, the country relies on the oil companies’ storage facilities, which can only serve the country for about three days’ of Petroleum products supply. It is therefore upon this basis that it was felt imperative for Lesotho to Learn to construct its own Storage facilities which will run at least for a period of ninety (90) days.