The third shipment of a Saudi oil grant is expected to arrive in Yemen’s interim capital, Aden, over the coming two days, according to Yemeni government officials.
Yemeni Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani confirmed that the shipment would arrive in Aden during the Eid Al-Adha holiday that begins on Tuesday.
“The third delivery of oil derivatives will meet the needs of power stations in Yemeni governorates and aid in operating more than 80 stations across various governorates,” said Eryani.
Moreover, the minister praised the Kingdom for its grant having a “positive impact” on electricity production in Yemen and improving living conditions and services afforded to Yemenis in the war-torn nation.
The fuel delivery, which will be made through the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), is part of a $422 million agreement with the Yemeni government to supply up to 1.260 million tons of oil derivatives to operate more than 80 power stations in the country.
In May, the first batch of the grant was delivered and received by high-ranking Yemeni officials and SDRPY representatives. The gift is intended to serve the Yemeni people and alleviate their suffering, support the economy and develop infrastructure.
“The Saudi oil grant is delivering according to its planned schedule, and the third batch of fuel is set to arrive in Aden during the Eid Al-Adha holiday,” Eryani affirmed in a statement to the state-run Yemeni news agency (Saba).
Eryani said the grant has contributed to the operation of the available electrical units.
According to the minister, the grant also helped decrease long power outage hours, reduce the network’s frequent blackouts and improve government control over expenses.
Eryani explained that the oil derivatives grant also raised the electricity system’s rate of power production by more than 23% in all governorates and by more than 40% in Aden in particular. It also stabilized fuel supplies during May and June.