, KWALE, Kenya, May 4 – Vivo Energy Kenya, which distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, has opened Shell Bonje Service Station in Kwale County, bordering Mombasa.
The service station which has a capacity to pump over one million litres of fuel per month – volumes that can translate to 50 trucks per day fuelling at the station – is strategically positioned at the soon to be opened Dongo Kundu by-pass, and will capitalise mainly on trucks that will be using the road.
The station is the first on to be opened on this road and it is also located within the free trade area zone, a project that is being implemented by the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development.
Speaking during the event Vivo Energy Kenya’s Managing Director, Polycarp Igathe, said: “Shell Bonje service station is a strategic investment for Vivo Energy Kenya, and has been opened at the right time and in the right place. Truck owners and other motorists will have an accessible, spacious service station that they can use on their way in and out of Mombasa.”
He added, “We looked at the proposed road opening and the employment opportunities that will be offered to the community around this area and concluded that it was a wise investment to make.”
The service station is a joint investment with one of Vivo Energy Kenya long time dealers, Abdul Salam Noorani.
The opening of the station, which will be operated 24 hours a day, will offer employment to 30 people in the area. The station will not only offer the conventional service station services but has also installed a weighing bridge.
This will be very useful for trucks, as once they fuel they are able to measure total weight load – enabling them carry the correct weight to ensure roads are not damaged by overloading. The station will also have a mosque and a canteen.
Other Shell service stations that Vivo Energy Kenya has opened this month are in Eastern, Central and Rift Valley regions. To date Vivo Energy Kenya has 145 Shell service stations.