Chevron Press Release - Chevron Contributes $100,000 Worth Of Aircraft Fuel to Support Effort
SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 1994 -- Chevron today announced it will donate aircraft fuel worth up to $100,000 to the major humanitarian effort bringing aid to Rwanda refugee camps in eastern Zaire.
The donation will consist of jet fuel or aviation gas for relief flights from Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, to refugee camps near the border with Rwanda, almost 1,000 miles east.
The first flight using Chevron's donated fuel is scheduled to depart later this week. Caritas, a Catholic relief agency, plans to transport some 27 tons of food and water supplies to help feed an estimated one million refugees fleeing civil strife in their homeland.
Chevron's contribution was in answer to last week's televised request for assistance by the government of Zaire.
The contribution was arranged by two Chevron subsidiaries operating in Zaire -- Zaire Gulf Oil Co., which operates an offshore oil producing concession, and Chevron International Oil Co., which processes crude oil at a Zaire refinery and imports petroleum products into the country.
"We've been here for 25 years, we have the resources, and we support this enormous humanitarian effort," said Don Webster, general manager of Zaire Gulf Oil Co. "We hope the fuel will provide a big boost for the local relief organizations responding to the crisis."
The fuel is being offered to recognized relief agencies such as Caritas and the Red Cross, which are hurriedly gathering supplies in Kinshasa and airlifting them to the refugee camps.
Updated: July 1994