KPC RESUMES SUPPLY TO OIL MARKETERS
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Kenya Pipeline Company Limited has resumed supply of petroleum products to oil marketers’ depot after the service was suspended following a fire breakout at Mukuru Sinai slums.
In a meeting with the representatives of the Oil Marketing Companies, Mr. Kilinda said all precautions had to be taken to ascertain that the supply system between KPC depots and those of the Oil Marketing Companies was clear of any dangers by carrying out gas test before resuming pump-overs.
Mr. Kilinda said that KPC had 19 million litres of product in its Nairobi Depot and assured Kenyans that there will be no fuel shortage.
“KPC has capacity to pump-over between 5-10 million litres daily to the oil marketers. However, the pump-over are subject to entitlement, clearance by Kenya Revenue Authority, requisition as well as their capacity to store and evacuate the product,” he added.
The Managing Director was speaking to the press after meeting the Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Energy, Information and Communication, who were on a fact finding mission, following the Sinai/Mukuru Fire Tragedy.
Mr Kilinda said contrary to press reports, the fire did not originate from KPC depot. “Whereas it is still unclear what caused the fire, the fact is that the fire begun at Sinai, which is about 1.3 km from KPC Depots. It is therefore inaccurate to claim that the fire begun at the depot”, he added.
He further clarified that the fire did not occur along the Right of Way (ROW) but about 500m away from where the pipeline is laid.
Mr. Kilinda said investigations on the cause of the spillage were being carried out and when completed, the findings will be made public.
Chairman of the Committee, Eng. James Rege urged the Government to clear the Right of Way in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.
He asked the Government to take measures to ensure that similar incidences do not occur.
“The habitation of people around KPC Depots was indeed a disaster in waiting. We would like to urge the Government to immediately act in speed to clear the way-leave around KPC depots in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa,” he added.
The committee commended KPC for quick response during the incident, which forestalled further loss.
Eng. Rege said Parliament is working on legislations that deal with vandalism of strategic infrastructure.