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The Standard (Kenya): Shell back in Western Kenya region

By Mangoa Mosota

Kenya Shell has resumed business in Western Kenya after a four-year absence.

The company opened Kisumu retail station last weekend and is planning to open another six in the next one year.

Managing Director Mr Patrick Obath said some of the new stations will be opened in Eldoret and Bungoma. “Our investment in Western Kenya will go hand in hand with the re-branding of BP retail sites to Shell,” said the MD.

He blamed dumping of counterfeit oil products for the closure of Kenya Shell retail outlets in the region four years ago. “There was dumping of export oil that was meant for export. This unfair competition forced us to close in 2003,” said Obath.

Opening the Kisumu station, Trade Permanent Secretary, Mr David Nalo, said the Kenya Revenue Authority has created a fair playing field by clamping on fuel destined for export market. “The introduction of Simba System in 2005 by KRA curtailed the malpractice and has restored confidence in the oil industry.”

The PS said the East African Community Customs Union and the recent admission of Rwanda and Burundi into the economic integration will enhance cross-border trade. “Kenyan manufacturers and exporters will have access to a bigger market for their products in the EAC,” he said.

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