GENEVA, Sept 6 The United Nations World Food
Programme is planning to tender for 250,000 tonnes of diesel
fuel on behalf of Libya's National Transitional Council, not
gasoline as it previously stated, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
The tender would be launched "shortly", with the WFP
inviting offers from among those who had registered via its
website, WFP spokeswoman Frances Kennedy said.
A WFP operational update published on Aug. 30 wrongly said
the tender was for gasoline, and a WFP spokeswoman said at the
time that it would close within days.
In fact, the tender has not yet been launched and it will
definitely be for diesel fuel, Kennedy said.
"We're still expecting the tender to be issued shortly," she
said, without elaborating.
She declined to give any details on timing, delivery or
specification of the diesel fuel, but said it was a new
departure for WFP, a Rome-based agency that provides food
assistance around the world.
"Diesel is not something we're in the habit of procuring. We
do buy aviation fuel and other fuels for our own needs are
purchased in the country of operation," she said.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Anthony Barker)