Total to fuel new districts

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TOTAL Zambia wants to invest in the construction of low cost filling stations in the newly-created districts in the country.
The company plans to partner with the Government with the view to establish the low cost filling stations in the new districts most of which have no single service station.

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There have been calls by the stakeholders in remote districts of the country to have the presence of fuel service stations.
Total Zambia sales and commercial director John Ryder said the company had engaged Government to create partnership for the project.
“We have noted that in most of the districts including some old ones there was no presence of fuel service stations. That is why we are in talks with Government so that in partnership, we construct low cost filling stations,” Mr Ryder said.
Mr Ryder added that his company had embarked on the rebranding process and modernisation of all its 46 service stations countrywide.
He said so far, more than 10 service stations had been refurbished to modern standards and that each station was costing about K108,883.
“Last year, we embarked on an ambitious reconstruction and modernisation programme for the entire retail network to cater for the growing needs of our customers in all the towns that we are present,” Mr Ryder said.
Mr Ryder said Total Zambia had expanded its service stations to include additional pumps to offer faster and more convenient service.
He added that the capacities of the underground tanks had been increased to cater for the growing demand in the towns.
Mr Ryder said the company was making sure that all the filling stations had modern Bonjour shops which would be offering a variety of goods across different products ranging from mealie-meal to car products.
Mr Ryder said the company had seen a lot of potential in the country due to the rapid growth of the economy triggered by demand for the products the company offers on the Zambian market.
There is, therefore, need to expand the services to the remote districts of the country.
He said Total Zambia had seen increase in demand of its petroleum products countrywide.
Mr Ryder said if the negotiations with Government succeeded, it would result in job creation through dealership and direct employment as well as reduction in the cost of doing business in the districts.

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