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Supporting famine relief

July 22, 2002, 12:30 CEST

Lubricating oil worth about NOK 500,000 is to be supplied by Statoil for lorries being used in this autumn’s Famine Southern Africa emergency relief operation by the Red Cross.

One of the worst famines in modern times is threatening southern Africa, with analyses showing up to 13 million people at risk of starvation.

The relief operation will be implemented by the Norwegian Red Cross in cooperation with the International Red Cross and the World Food Programme.

Norway’s defence ministry has supplied 200 older lorries to help distribute food aid, and Statoil will meet their lube oil needs for a year.

The group has a collaboration agreement with the Norwegian Red Cross which runs to March 2004.

Among its provisions, this deal commits Statoil to contributing NOK 2 million annually to Red Cross emergency relief operations. The assistance to southern Africa is part of that cooperation.