We have enough fuel for all Kenyans, says Kenya Pipeline Company

Motorists, including boda boda drivers, line up to refuel at the Shell gas station in the city of Kisii on March 31, 2022. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

The Kenya Pipeline Company said there was enough fuel to serve all Kenyans.

This follows the fuel crisis which has hit many parts of the country including Nairobi, Central, Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions.

Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Macharia Irungu said in a statement dated Saturday April 2 that there were more than 69 million liters of premium gasoline in its reserves.

At the same time, there are more than 94 million liters of diesel, 13 million liters of kerosene and 23 million liters of jet fuel available, the oil distributor said.

“Kenya Pipeline Company would like to confirm that there are sufficient stocks of petroleum products in our system across the country to meet demand,” Dr Irungu said in the statement.

“Our global stock is sufficient to serve the region, with more vessels in Mombasa awaiting unloading,” he added.

The Kenya Pipeline Company however avoided explaining the cause of the fuel crisis which continues to affect many parts of the country.

Spot check by The standard at several gas stations in the affected regions revealed empty barrels as motorists were turned away.

At some of the few gas stations that had the goods, motorists lined up for hours, with most queues stretching long distances.

Oil traders, however, say the late disbursement of the 13 billion shillings grant is to blame for the shortage.

The traders alleged that the government failed to disburse the funds, which have accumulated up to four months in arrears.

The subsidy is usually paid to oil traders to protect Kenyans from higher fuel costs, which would put the product out of reach for many users.

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