LPG consumption on increase amid high oil price in Kenya

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A government official on Friday said Kenya’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumption was on the increase as consumers looked for alternatives to high oil prices.

Daniel Kiptoo, Director General of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority told journalists that current per capita consumption by household and commercial users stood  at 8 kg compared to 7.5 kg registered in 2021.

Kiptoo, in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya said  the east African nation was keen to move away from reliance on firewood, charcoal or Kerosene and adopt clean cooking fuels.

“The government is implementing a number of interventions so that we achieve a target of 15 kg per capita before the year 2030.’’

According to the energy regulator, Kenya was wholly dependent on imported LPG as there was currently no local production.

Kiptoo observed that one strategy to boost the uptake of LPG was to increase the number of import terminals along the Indian Ocean coastline in order to increase competition among industry players.

There were nine privately owned LPG import terminals that were at various stages of development and would soon be licensed, he noted.

He added that in order to further drive down the retail price of LPG, imports would be conducted via an open tender system.