Kenya Pipeline issues statement on severe fuel shortage
The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has released a statement on the current severe fuel shortage in most parts of the country.
In the statement dated Saturday, April 2, KPC said the country has sufficient oil stock in all its depots, adding that the stock is enough to sustain the country.
“KPC’s current inventory position across all of its facilities as of noon Saturday March 2 indicates that there are over 69 million liters of super gasoline, over 94 million liters of diesel, over 13 million liters of jet fuel and over 23 million liters of jet fuel available,” Kenya Pipeline said.
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KPC chief executive Macharia Irungu denied reports that the country was facing a severe fuel shortage that triggered panic buying.
Macharia further revealed that the country has received more supplies which have not yet been offloaded at Mombasa Port.
“Our global stock is sufficient to serve the region, with more vessels in Mombasa awaiting unloading,” Macharia explained.
It comes even as motorists in most parts of the country continue to face the shortage. Some explained that they had been turned away from service stations because some dealers had decided to ration the product.
The Petroleum and Energy Regulatory Authority (EPRA) had earlier issued a statement attributing the fuel shortage to logistical constraints.
“Reference is made to the continued shortage of petroleum products reported in parts of North Rift and Western Kenya. The shortage is caused by unprecedented logistical constraints. These challenges have caused independent petroleum traders to run out of oil stocks,” the statement read. .
“We assure the public that there is enough fuel in the country and there should be no reason to panic.”
Since the fuel price review in February, most parts of the country have experienced shortages, with some motorists from the border towns of Busia and Malaba crossing to neighboring Uganda to refuel their vehicles.
EPRA has raised prices with super petrol retailing at Ksh 134.72 per liter while diesel costs Ksh 115.60 at the pump price.
Oil traders for their part blamed the government’s failure to provide fuel shortage subsidies.
Petrol station in Kileleshwa showing motorists queuing to fill up on Saturday April 2, 2022