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KPC to begin compensating Kibwezi residents affected by oil spill next month


February 17, 2017… Kenya Pipeline will in March 2017 begin compensating residents of Thange valley in Kibwezi East Constituency who were affected by an oil leak two years ago.

KPC has already received 278 claim forms and the verification process will be complete by end of February. Each of the claimants will receive payment through its insurer, CIC Insurance Company. The insurance firm is also engaging with Panafcon - the company that carried out the impact assessment study in the area - with the aim of studying their report to establish if there are matters that need further clarification. 

KPC’s Chair John Ngumi today met hundreds of Thange residents together with Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana and other community leaders to resolve the matter.

Ngumi said the company has already spent over Ksh 22million in CSR support in terms of clean water, food aid, and bursaries for needy students from Thange area.

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The Parliamentary Public Investments Committee (PIC) has ordered Zakhem International Company (ZIC) and KPC to ensure that the ongoing Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline is completed by end of April this year which is the new deadline after the earlier one of September 30 2016 was not met. The parliamentary team also told KPC not to honour an additional claim of about Ksh 11 billion which the contractor has forwarded to KPC with regard to this project.


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The newly established Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas (MIOG) has rolled out training programmes aimed at promoting efficiency in public safety and smooth pipeline operations. The school, which offers specialized skills in oil & gas pipelines management, operations and maintenance, is mandated to develop human resource capacity for the region so as to reduce dependence on expatriate workers.  In a recent closing ceremony for the institute’s basic fire-fighting course in Eldoret, KPC General Manager in charge of Finance Samuel Odoyo said that when it comes to matters safety, KPC must lead from the front. Odoyo, who represented the KPC Managing Director Joe Sang in the forum, observed that even before we start planning to empower the public on matters safety, all KPC staff will have to undergo the basic fire-fighting course. 


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Stuck on the second floor of the Nairobi Terminal (PS10) building is a critical facility that all of us should patronize. But the few times I have had a chance to spend several hours conducting research and writing many a paper, the place is deserted with one or two staff walking in and out to casually flip through the day’s papers. Welcome to the KPC main library which also has two branches in Mombasa (PS14) and Eldoret (PS27). Set up in 1985, the library has a collection of 42,980 titles of equipment manuals, standards, reports and books. It is here that the illustrious story of KPC from inception to the current status is documented for posterity. When you walk in, the ambience of where the region’s premier oil and gas company’s institutional memory is domiciled fills the air.

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Victorious KPC Volleyball Team Scoops Top League Honours

KPC volleyball gallant girls maintained their winning ways recently when they retained their national league title in Makande Hall in Mombasa after silencing their arch-rivals Kenya Prisons. KPC came from behind to defeat rivals Prisons and win the women’s title for a record-equaling third straight league title. Pipeline took the five-set thriller 25-21, 17-25, 25-22, 23-25 and 15-10.

“This is the toughest match I have ever featured in. Prisons were very good and I can just say we won it because we worked much harder when it mattered,” KPC captain Trizah Atuka told Kenpipe News after the game.

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Daniel Mburu Calls it a Day after 4 Decades in KPC

The recently held company long service awards ceremony in Mombasa witnessed a milestone moment when Daniel Mburu, a KPC staff from Nakuru, was awarded for serving the company for 40 years. Daniel who has recently retired from the company joined KPC in 1976, two years before the company commenced its commercial operations in 1978. Talking to staff during the awards ceremony, Daniel thanked KPC for offering him the opportunity to serve. “I joined KPC in 1976 when it was just beginning and I have seen it grow to become one of the most critical parastatals in the country and the region,” he observed. “This organization has seen me grow. It has helped me bring up my children and when I look back, I thank God for making all these possible,” Daniel told an eager audience that listened in pin drop silence. “You cannot succeed without discipline and putting God first,” the veteran staff advised the younger generation who have just joined the company and urged them to take KPC to the four corners of the African continent in line with its new vision.


Also recognized for their long service were dozens of staff who have served the company for between 10 and 35 years.


“I’m happy and relieved beyond explanation. We worked so hard to get this result and the competition was also very tough for us. The girls have given me a befitting birthday present,” said Munala whose birthday coincided with the historic win.

 The victory means that the KPC volleyball team will represent Kenya in next year’s African Club Championships whose host nation will be confirmed soon.  

Morale High as Curtains Come Down on 2016 End of Year Games

When KPC Managing Director Joe Sang recently announced during a town hall meeting with Nairobi staff that this year’s end of year games will be held in Mombasa to crown the year in style, Agnes Muchiri of Finance department took it as a normal executive announcement from the company’s top office. But when the MD went further to say that the games will be radically different from yesteryears, Agnes – who has served the company for 35 years – became very attentive. The KPC chief executive said that besides the participants in the various sporting events, the company will also send to Mombasa 100 KPC staff who have never had a chance to experience the games for years to cheer on the teams and be part of KPC’s prosperity.


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KPC Commences Charm Offensive into Rwanda with eyes on Lost Regional Oil Market

KPC has devised a new strategy which will significantly boost Kenya’s chances of regaining its share of the East African petroleum market with improved fuel supply to the neighbouring countries. During a recent trip to Rwanda by KPC’s top strategy executives, it emerged that Kenya’s grip in the regional market has been shaken by Tanzania’s Central Corridor which is said to have less market entry barriers than the Kenyan route.


“Now than ever before, KPC is determined to improve service delivery to Rwanda and the entire regional market which has significantly declined in the recent past,” announced Martin Kimani who is KPC’s General Manager (Strategy) to a team of oil marketing companies (OMCs) in Kigali. The strategy team held one-on-one discussions with major OMCs in Rwanda which included Societe Petroliere (SP), Kenol-Kobil, Energy Resources Petroleum Limited (ERP), and Oryx Energy where real time solutions to the challenges facing the market were deliberated on and workable solutions sought.


The visit, whose aim was to meet the customers and other key stakeholders so as to highlight service delivery improvements that the Company has undertaken or is implementing, was in line with KPC’s Vision 2025, a transformational plan geared towards transforming KPC into a diversified oil and gas business from the petroleum products transport company it is today. This will be achieved through, among others, positioning Kenya as the leading oil and gas hub in the region creating new opportunities in the sector.  


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New Heights in Sight as KPC Acquires New Quality Certification

KPC has received international recognition for its quality control reinforcing its capabilities to deliver quality products and services to her customers. The ISO 9001:2008 certificate for quality management systems aligned with international benchmarks for standards in quality assurance and customer service was recently handed over to KPC by the SGS Managing Director Albert Stockell.


Receiving the certificate on behalf of the company, KPC Managing Director Joe Sang expressed appreciation for the support and good partnership from SGS. ‘KPC has established a reputation for efficiently receiving, storing, transporting and delivering of petroleum products and providing related services to our customers. This certification symbolizes our commitment to this mandate and the ISO accreditations are a milestone in KPC’s journey of excellence," he said.


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KPC Sponsors Company Of Year Award (COYA) 2016

This year, KPC is on the coveted list of sponsors for the Company of the Year Awards (COYA), a Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) initiative that promote business excellence and competitiveness in the country. COYA which has variously been rated as one of the best corporate events in East Africa has attracted big names in the corporate circles such as Britam, Jubilee Insurance, the Chandaria Foundation and the Standard Group.


KPC Corporate Communications Manager Jason Nyantino (r) hands over a dummy cheque to the Standard Group Finance Director Orlando Lyomu (c) and Kenya Institute of Management CEO David Muturi (l).

This year, KPC is on the coveted list of sponsors for the Company of the Year Awards (COYA), a Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) initiative that promote business excellence and competitiveness in the country. COYA which has variously been rated as one of the best corporate events in East Africa has attracted big names in the corporate circles such as Britam, Jubilee Insurance, the Chandaria Foundation and the Standard Group.


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Morendat Institute Of Oil and Gas Welcomes Inaugural Class

To reaffirm her centrality and significance in the oil & gas sector in the region, KPC recently welcomed the first batch of students to the newly established Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas. The pipeline laboratory technologist training was held at the Nairobi Terminal and a total number of 12 students from within and without KPC took part. While welcoming the students, the Institute’s Director Dr. Jonah Aiyabei observed that the company had benchmarked the curriculum with the best universities in the world from USA, Canada and Israel and so he expected brilliant results out of the training. “Initially, we will offer five courses but more will be introduced into the curriculum as the Institute progresses,” said Dr Aiyabei.

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Kpc Generosity Spreads To Rural Schools To Uplift Learning

In line with the company’s corporate social investment program, KPC has recently supported two schools in efforts to boost learning and transform lives. Marienga Mixed Secondary School in Rangwe Constituency, Homa Bay County, is the latest beneficiary of KPC’s philanthropy. The Company has donated over Ksh. 700,000 worth of laboratory equipment to the school to aid their KCSE 2016 examinations which are kicking off in a few weeks’ time.

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KPC Procurement System IS Above Board

The public procurement systems and processes employed at KPC are above board. This is the message that the KPC Managing Director Joe Sang carried with him to a breakfast forum attended by procurement professionals from different parts of Africa. Sponsored by KPC, the event held in a Nairobi hotel was organised by the African chapter of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), an international organization offering globally recognised qualifications for procurement and supply professionals. CIPS Kenya Branch serves to raise the profile of procurement in Kenya as well as advocating professional procurement with government institutions and large employers. In his opening remarks, Mr Sang reminded participants that efficient public procurement remains a cardinal focus for KPC’s governance agenda adding that proper procurement practices provide governments and organizations with means of bringing about social, economic and even political reform. ‘When you get things right in your sourcing, you not only achieve your organizational objectives, but you also become an agent of change to other individuals and organizations,’ he said. He again told participants that contrary to public perceptions about the way KPC handles procurement, the public entity has consistently adhered to the provisions of the law with the procurement processes consistently undergoing thorough scrutiny by the judiciary, legislature and other relevant arms of government. ‘For instance  since the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005 and Regulations 2006 came into force in January 2007, KPC has had a total of 19 procurement matters. Out of the 19 matters, 17 were in KPC’s favour. This shows that our procurement regime is being carried out in full compliance with the Law,’ reiterated Sang who is the former Head of Group Business Performance & Planning at East African Breweries Ltd.

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You are now Empowered,KPC Chairman Tells Depot Managers During Staff Tour

KPC Chairman John Ngumi has told the company’s depot managers that they are now fully empowered to make decisions in their respective stations as the company readines herself for massive growth in the coming years. Mr Ngumi said this recently in various company installations as he met staff in all the stations during his annual companywide tour. Describing the general organizational mood across the company as much better than what he saw last year when he made his inaugural companywide tour, Ngumi felt that much as the Board of Directors had effectively pronounced itself as far as giving the depot managers more administrative and managerial powers was concerned, the message was yet to trickle down to the depots. ‘I am still seeing a number of staff including some of the depot managers looking to Nairobi for solutions to basic challenges that they have the power to solve. We have empowered depot managers running our pump and depot stations to make decisions unencumbered by bureaucracy,’ he told staff in Kisumu depot while fielding questions from members of staff.

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KPC Scoops Top Honours In Mombasa International Fete

KPC claimed top awards in the just concluded Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Mombasa International Show at Mkomani re-asserting her position as a leading public commercial entity in the energy sector. Warding off stiff competition from public and private companies who pitched tent at the annual coastal event, KPC stand was named the best in the energy sector but this was not the only award scooped in Mombasa. The ASK judges were also very impressed with the quality of KPC presenters and the manner in which information on the company’s mandate, vision, projects and activities was organised and presented and this earned KPC the second best large trade stand award.  

                                          KPC Corporate Communications Manager Jason Nyantino receiving Best Energy Sector Stand award for KPC from President Uhuru Kenyatta

‘This year we did not leave anything to chance. We knew the competition is stiff and we had to incredibly impress the judges and our strategy has paid off. Our focus now is on Nairobi International Trade Fair,’ said an elated Judy Gichane from KPC Mombasa office who was one of the presenters.   

The event was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, September 1st opening the gates for exhibitors from across the country and the region to display their wares. Over 170 exhibitors participated up from 150 last year. Fifteen of the exhibitors were international companies from Tanzania, Uganda and Turkey.

‘We are optimistic that Mombasa ASK show will help boost tourism and agriculture in the Coastal region, as it has attracted thousands of participants from across all the 47 counties’, a confident ASK chief executive officer Batram Muthoka told Kenpipe News. He added that the show provides information on new certified seed varieties and other technological advances besides attracting domestic tourists.

The Show, first held in 1903, remains one of the region’s premiere exhibition events and an important platform for agriculture and business in Kenya. It came to an end on Sunday 4th September.

KPC Team with Kilifi Governor Hon. Amason Kingi when he visited the KPC stand in Mombasa




Kenya Pipeline Company unveils executive team to drive its vision

Kenya Pipeline Company unveils executive team to drive its vision

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KPC is One of Kenya’s most Strategic Parastatals, KPC Chair Tells Staff

KPC is one of the country’s most strategic and largest state corporations in the energy sector and if it  listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange, it could probably be among the top four. These were the words of KPC Chair John Ngumi when he addressed the Nairobi staff recently in a luncheon to mark the end of 2015/16 financial year. While encouraging staff that they should be proud of working for KPC, he added that the company is the only parastatal that doesn’t rely on government for funding and it is high time government accorded it a higher status in terms of government ranking. “Our financial health is good and we contribute significantly to the growth of this economy. That is why as your chair, I will lobby government to consider promoting KPC to tier 1 category of government institutions,” he promised. The Chair’s end of year address was the first of its own kind comprising staff from Headquarters, Nairobi Terminal and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The company boss also promised to visit and interact with staff in other parts of the country beginning July 2016.


He underscored the critical role of his address because it placed the people working for the company at the centre of the organization’s agenda in line with Vision 2025.

 “I felt it was very important for staff to also be given the same feedback that the Company sends out to various stakeholders. Many a time, we focus on giving out information forgetting that you also need the same information,” he observed noting that when he came to KPC almost 14 months ago, staff morale was very low but he has a seen a big turnaround.


In line with building the company’s human resource capacity as Africa’s premier Oil and Gas Company, Mr. Ngumi confirmed the appointment of the 6 new General Managers who are to form part of the Executive that will help the Managing Director steer the organization to greater heights. Of the six new appointments, two are from within KPC namely the Principal for the Morendat Centre of Excellence Dr. Jonah Aiyabei and General Manager Finance Mr. Samwel Odoyo. The other four are external hires and are expected to report very soon.


The address also focused on the Company’s performance in the FY 2015/16, challenges, lessons learnt and what growth path KPC is pursuing in FY 2016/17. Mr Ngumi touched on the various projects that are currently underway and encouraged staff to work very hard to meet and surpass the set performance objectives. He singled out the newly set up Morendat Centre of Excellence as a critical pillar in mooting the company’s future. “The Morendat Centre of Excellence is vital as it will look inward to see if staff can be re-equipped and after they are trained can be globally viable,” he noted.


KPC MD Joe Sang (l), Board Chair John Ngumi (c) and Morendat Centre of Excellence Principal Dr. Jonah Aiyabei sharing a word.

KPC Sensitizes Special Groups on How to do Business with Government

KPC has kicked off efforts to empower young people, women and persons with disability (PWDs) in a move aimed at enabling these special groups access to government procurement opportunities. In the words of the Managing Director Mr Joe Sang, this initiative will certainly create tremendous business opportunities for prospective business people. ‘These sensitization drives which we are carrying out in different parts of the country are not just about awareness creation. This is an empowerment process for the weaker sections of our society,’ he told journalists in a recent media briefing. The government, through legislation, directed that 30 per cent of all government procurement opportunities should be reserved for women, youth and people with disabilities under a program dubbed Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) which was officially launched by His Excellency President, Uhuru Kenyatta on 16th October, 2013.

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Morendat Centre of Excellence to Bring Down Cost of Oil and Gas Projects

The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) is set to cut down costs incurred hiring foreign experts to work on the country’s oil and gas infrastructure in the region. This follows the setting up of Morendat Centre of Excellence for Oil & Gas Pipelines to be based in Naivasha with effect from July this year. Addressing stakeholders in a recent curriculum validation workshop in Nairobi, KPC Managing Director Joe Sang said that the company has been spending millions of shillings annually to hire laborers from other countries to carry out various projects making oil and gas infrastructural undertakings in Kenya an expensive venture. ‘In the ongoing replacement of the Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline, we have had to import welders and coaters from China, Lebanon and Nigeria,’ he told participants during the planned school’s oil and gas pipeline curriculum validation workshop.


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KPC Supports Huruma Tragedy Victims with Shs 2 million Donation to Kenya Red Cross Society

Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has donated two million shillings to assist the victims of the Huruma tragedy where a 6-storey 136-room flat collapsed two weeks ago killing dozens of people with scores injured and many others displaced. The money was donated to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) by KPC Managing Director Joe Sang who hailed the relief organization for their swift action to alleviate the suffering that the rains had caused. Talking to the KRCS team led by the General Secretary Abbas Gullet, Sang said that as a good corporate citizen, KPC has a noble obligation to step in and complement government's efforts when such tragedies occur.


"In KPC, we do have a corporate social responsibility philosophy of responding to such emergencies with a view to reducing the amount of suffering caused. Our role as a public entity is to help government transform the lives of our people and one way of doing this is to help Kenyans confront such challenges as the Huruma tragedy," said the MD adding that as a leading oil and gas company in the region, safety occupies a central position in our organizational strategy hence our support to the housing tragedy victims. Every year, KPC sets aside 1% of profit after tax to support her CSR agenda with a view to transforming communities into productive citizens. "I commend KRCS for a job well done in responding to emergencies on time and as KPC, we will walk with you in this noble journey," he added.


Mr Gullet was grateful for the support demonstrated by KPC and urged other corporate entities to emulate the oil storage and transportation agency so that the country's disaster response capacity can be strengthened. "The current rains are heavier than normal and many families have been displaced in Baringo, Garissa, and Tana River. We will continue to support the victims until they are all settled to lead their normal lives," the KRCS boss observed with an addition that the victims need a wide range of support such as food, non-food items and also psychosocial support.

                                                              Kenya Red Cross Secretary General,  Abbas Gullet (L) receives donation from  KPC Managing Director Joe Sang (R). 

So far, through the cash transfer program, KRCS has disbursed Shs 15,000 to 152 households affected by the floods but a lot more needs to be done hence the additional support from KPC. "The aid is to enable the households to support the payment of rents and procurement of assorted household items," said a statement from KRCS.