Total Ethiopia, one of the oldest stakeholders in the fuel industry of Ethiopia, showcased three types of solar lamps. The lamps have the capacity to light up the dark from eight to 100 hours non-stop. The solar lamps also can be used to charge a mobile phone in case of a power black-out. The fuel retailing company has also introduced environment friendly oil tanker technology.
Total disclosed a double layer tanker equipped with siren that goes off when there is any kind of leakage which it detects by keeping track of the water levels. This helps reduce pollution.
The flagship technology of the company was showcased last Thursday when Total inaugurated its 189th service station in Dire Dawa, 540Km east of Addis Ababa. The new station equipped with the innovative tanker technology is built by Belayneh Building Contractor and is found around Dire Dawa City Administration office in an area commonly known as Mariam Sefer.
The station, the fourth to the city, is built on 4,000sqm obtained from the municipality on lease basis at a cost of 15 million birr.
The company has also taken an initiative to support government bodies tasked with the supervision of fuel quality in three regional states and one city administration. In 2011, Total provided training and instruments to assist with quality management, including water detecting pastes required to facilitate the controlling work in Tigray, Amhara and Southern Nation Nationality and Peoples Regional states. It also provided similar training to the Addis Ababa City Administration Trade and Investment bureau last week at the company’s training center located around Amanuel Hospital. The company has donated equipment worth nearly 100,000 birr.
Established in 1950, Total Ethiopia operates 189 stations through out the country. Out of the total number of oil retailing stations, 40 are in Addis Ababa. It has created 150 permanent job opportunities and more than 150 temporary jobs at its head office. Every station has around 20 employees. It is the fourth largest oil retailing company in the world and the first in Africa in retailing fuels and lubricants. Currently, it shares more than 30 percent of the oil market of Ethiopia. The solar lamps are available in all service stations of the company.