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  • Ethiopia Has More Oil Than You Think

     

    Jigjiga (HAN) January 12.2017 Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. A Chinese firm, Poly-GCL, yesterday began drilling the 6th petroleum and natural gas well at Hilal- 7 gas field in Ethiopian Somali regional state, according to FBC report.

    Poly-GCL, one of the companies engaged in natural gas exploration in Ethiopia, has so far drilled five deep gas wells around Calub and Hilala areas at the Ogaden basin.Image result for poly-gcl ethiopia

    The company had officially started yesterday the drilling of the 6th gas well-called Hilal-7, in the presence of Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas and La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia.

    In an interview with EBC, Motuma Mekassa said the country will begin extracting natural gas after three years.

    “Unlike the other drillings, the digging at Hilal-7 is special as it took into consideration exploration of both petroleum and natural gas,” the minister added.

    Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, La Yifan, on his part said such kinds of projects will strengthen co-operation and bilateral ties between the two countries.

    The drilling of Hilal- 7 gas field will be finalized within 6 months.

    Calub, Hilala Genale areas have 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas deposits. The deposits were discovered in the 1970s.

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  • Ethiopia: Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed, Creating High Speed Link Between Djibouti and Ethiopia

    The completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a new 752km track linking Ethiopia’s capital with the Port of Djibouti, was officially marked today at a ceremony at Nagad Railway Station in Djibouti.

    In the presence of Djibouti’s President, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, and senior officials from across the region, the new railway linking Djibouti to Ethiopia was officially inaugurated.

    The new railway can reach speeds of 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/h for cargo trains. It will cut cargo journey times between the Port of Djibouti and Addis Ababa from three days by road to just 12 hours. Trial services for the new US$4.2 billion railway began in October 2016, with regular services transporting goods and passengers expected to begin early this year.

    The railway is a major milestone for trade in the region. Currently, more than 90% of Ethiopia's trade passes through Djibouti, accounting for 70% of the overall activity at Djibouti’s ports. With Africa’s GDP predicted to double by 2035, and the population expected to reach 2.5 billion over the next 30 years, the continent is in need of major new infrastructure links.



    In addition to building links with Djibouti’s port facilities, the railway will support the development of Djibouti’s International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ), which will help spur the nation’s manufacturing industry and provide employment opportunities for its citizens. The railway project has been coupled with a US$15 billion expansion programme to improve Djibouti’s port facilities, and build new highways and airports in the country.

    Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA), states: “This railway marks a new dawn for Africa’s integration into the global economy. From today, millions more Africans are now linked to Djibouti’s world-class port facilities. Connecting Africa, Asia and Europe, Djibouti is at the heart of the world’s trade routes, and we are proud to play a vital role in developing the region and wider continent.”

    The railway was previously inaugurated from Ethiopia’s side on 5 October 2016. With journeys now also possible from Djibouti, the new railway represents the next step in plans for a 2000km long track that will also connect Djibouti and Ethiopia to South Sudan. The vision is that this could one day evolve into a Trans-African railway crossing the continent from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, a journey which by sea currently takes eight weeks.

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  • 5,000 victims of Boko Haram, mostly women infected with HIV/AIDS

    Borno state in northeastern Nigeria are HIV-positive.

    Mr Hassan Mustapha, the Coordinator on HIV/AIDS in Borno, said on Thursday that most of the patients were women who had been rescued from Boko Haram captivity.

    Mr Mustapha, however, said that some of those affected were not effectively accessing anti-retroviral therapy because of stigmatisation.

    He lamented that many had died of the scourge, lacking proper counselling and sensitisation on the need to enrol under the HIV/AIDS control programme.

    He said there are more than 1,000 patients in the Bama camp and 3,000 in Gwoza while over 1,000 others are taking refuge in host communities.

    “We have heard of many supporting non-governmental organisations in Borno but none of them has approached us to offer assistance to the IDPs with the virus,” he said.

    “The IDPs with such ailment are constantly challenged; they do not go out to access drugs. Most of them are shy while some are afraid to be identified by others as carriers.

    “They sometimes complain to us that they are not allowed to go out of the camp to access drugs in other centres.

    “The honest truth is that the government is not paying priority attention to the plight of such persons,” Mr Mustapha said.

    The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has caused havoc in northern Nigeria through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions.

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