Oil-Rich Africa Struggles to Keep Refineries Open, Leaving Citizens Without Fuel

Oil-Rich Africa Struggles to Keep Refineries Open, Leaving Citizens Without Fuel


Africa is suffering a severe shortage of gasoline and petroleum-based fuels generally despite being home to some of the world’s largest oil reserves — a product of being unable to consistently refine all of its crude.

A combination of factors has worsened access to fuel across African nations. Record high fuel costs, coupled with a refinery shortage that renders nations in Africa unable to consume their own oil, and a dependency on European and Middle East refineries have begun to disrupt air transportation and created long fuel lines.

The African continent is home to 125.3 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves, with Libya, Nigeria, and Algeria at the top of the list. Yet many of the existing refineries in the continent have

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