LPG consignment docks in Mombasa

September 5, 2009

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – A ship carrying Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) on behalf of local marketers, whose arrival had delayed, has finally docked at the Port of Mombasa.

The import vessel, SIGAS MAUD, has 1,890 metric tonnes of LPG cargo.

A press release from the Ministry of Energy on Friday said: “The Ministry is in contact with the Kenya Ports Authority to facilitate discharge of the cargo.”

The statement signed by Energy Permanent Secretary, Patrick Nyoike said that the distribution of the imported consignment will commence as soon as possible in a bid to ease the ongoing shortage.

The national consumption of cooking gas is met by a combination of importation and production from the refinery whose performance was expected to improve later this week.

Marketers have been heaping blame on the Changamwe the refinery in Mombasa saying it is unable to handle the country’s demand, which stands currently stands at 84,000 metric tonnes per annum.

The ministerial statement said: “The Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited (KPRL) produces 34 metric tonnes while the balance is imported as finished product.”

“In the month of August, KPRL produced 2,300 metric tonnes of LPG which although is less than the monthly average, it should not have had a major impact on the availability of this product in the market.”

“In the current week, KPRL has been delivering approximately 100 metric tones of LPG per day to the marketers” asserted PS Nyoike.

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