Fuel Imports: Uganda Urged To Open Tanzanian Route

Vivo Energy the company that markets and distributes Shell branded fuels and lubricants in 16 African countries have highlighted the need for all East African countries to join resources and boost fuel infrastructure so as to increase on fuel imports.

Vivo Energy managing director, pharm Hans Paulsen today highlighted the need for regional infrastructural investment in storage capacity at Mombasa port since fuel companies are currently operating an Open Tendering System (OTS).

Paulsen explained to journalists at a media breakfast at Serena Conference Centre that under the OTS, viagra dosage one company wins the tender of importing fuel and parcels out to others in the region.

“The current storage capacity of the infrastructure at Mombasa port can’t allow the importation of fuels that can attend to the increasing demand for fuels in the region,” Paulsen said.

In the same vein the MD called upon the government of Uganda to open up the Dar el Saalam route by offering incentives such as reduced taxes and subsidies to operators that would love to use the route to bridge the demand and supply gap.

“It is very expensive to use the Dar el Saalam route due to the longer distance but if government comes out with subsidies, the question low fuel importation in the country will be dealt with.”

Asked why Shell fuels differ in quality from other fuels by other companies in the country despite purchasing fuels through the Open Tendering System, Paulsen noted that there are a number of checks and quality assurance measures that are ensured before the fuels are consumed by the final consumers.

The MD revealed that the company makes sure that the products go into additivation process before being loaded and quality strictly monitored to ensure that customers receive what they have actually paid for.


“The Shell Fuel Save Unleaded and Diesel go through the following quality control checks; the product is delivered by tankers into Mombasa pipeline receipt terminals, transported by Kenya pipeline to various loading terminals were every terminal has a laboratory for product quality testing.”

“The product is tested before loading and certificates sent to Kampala, it is then received at VE Kampala depot and tested for quality to match certificates, if product quality is ok, it is then offloaded to tanks.”

Paulsen added that what makes Shell products different is a combination of issues ranging from having modern terminals with well-equipped laboratories; quality is tested at various points along the supply chain.

“We are the only oil company with a modern laboratory and a mobile laboratory in Uganda with trained quality marshals at every shell service station.”

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