The new fuel oil, which will be known as Shell FuelOil Plus is aimed at enabling manufacturers improve their boiler efficiency, lower their plant running and maintenance costs as well as lower their impact on the environment due to lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director Polycarp Igathe said this will be a premium product that the company is adding to its portfolio that will be sold slightly higher in terms of cost from regular fuel.
“We are cautious about what is emitted to the environment thus our efforts to develop an advanced fuel oil that reduces fuel-related emissions such as black smoke, soot and carbon dioxide,” Igathe said during the product launch in Nairobi.
“Shell FuelOil Plus can make your boiler emit visibly less black smoke as well as lower particulate emissions by up to 70 percent,” he said.
According to Shell Fuel technical expert, Oscar Mbala, Shell FuelOil Plus enables more effective combustion compared to regular fuel oil and this in turn helps reduce deposits, keeping the boiler, burner and fuel system clean.
“Shell FuelOil Plus will also help lower maintenance costs for their operations and increase equipment reliability,” Mbala noted.
He said Shell FuelOil Plus unique formulation includes a component to help minimise sludge formation.
Igathe said Vivo Energy Kenya was keen on advancing its products to give a better experience for the Kenyan market as manufacturers embrace Shell FuelOil Plus, which is now available countrywide.
Other countries that are already using Shell FuelOil Plus include China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines and Thailand.