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Prepare for Fuel Shortages – Kenyans Warned

Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) in a letter addressed to Petroleum principal secretary Andrew Kamau, has warned of a looming fuel shortage.

KPC’s Managing Director Macharia Irungu attributed the impending crisis to the government’s failure to remit funds appropriated for fuel subsidies.

He as well lamented that marketers are on a go slow as they declined to pick consignments at  Kipevu Oil Storage Facility and other storage areas thus causing delays in transportation and clearance of cargo. 

The cargo’s piling up at oil terminals, Irungu wrote, blocks other imported consignments from being received. 

In a letter authored by the MD, most depots in Nairobi and parts of Western Kenya were said to have run out of stock – warning that the situation could culminate in fuel shortage in the above-mentioned areas. 

“As you are aware, diesel being the carrier product of all other grades in the pipelines is the most affected with the daily average uplift volume dropping from 11,500 cubic metres to 9,000 cubic metres, marking a 30 per cent drop,” the MD wrote. 

“Going by the diesel uplifts witnessed in Western Kenya, we are likely to stock out on petrol in Western Kenya from September 8 as its receipt is being hindered by the leading AGO batches,” he adds. 

The delayed clearance of cargo at the country’s major storage facilities is a recipe for a fresh fuel crisis in the country.  This crisis, according to the pipeline corporation will affect both the delivery of fuel and the prices. 

This comes barely five months after the government moved to alleviate a fuel shortage crisis that had plagued Kenyans for over two weeks in April. 

Kenyans in most places were faced with acute fuel shortages which disrupted transport activities. Oil marketers were accused of hoarding fuel at the expense of the millions of Kenyans who were affected.

On their part, the marketers claimed that the government had failed to disburse subsidy funds hence exposing them to the risk of incurring losses. The government engaged oil marketers in the country and committed to paying the arrears owed to marketers. 

EPRA is the body mandated to regulate fuel prices in Kenya. The authority sets prices which the marketers have to conform to in a bid to standardize prices and prevent extortion. 

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