Nepal to import aviation fuel from Bangladesh

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: Nepal has struck a deal with a private supplier to fly in fuel from Bangladesh to ease crippling shortages that have sparked fears of domestic flights being grounded, its state oil trading company said on Saturday.
Protesters seeking changes to Nepal’s new constitution have blocked a key checkpoint bordering India for over six weeks, cutting off vital supplies and forcing fuel rationing across the landlocked Himalayan nation. “We have reached an agreement with a private company, Petromax Nepal, who will air-lift ATF (aviation turbine fuel) from Bangladesh in the next three to four days,” said Mukunda Ghimire, a spokesman for Nepal Oil Corporation. Saturday’s agreement comes after Nepal signed its first-ever petroleum supply agreement with China last week, ending a decades long Indian monopoly.    – AFP