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The East African : June 30th 2014
The EastAfrican JUNE 28-JULY 4, 2014 THE LPG INDUSTRY IN EAST AFRICA Special advertising section 2 A gascylinder filling plant. As more people switch to LPG, more companies are offering the product. Picture: File Govts push use of LPG in green energy drive Demand for liquefied petroleum gas across the region remains low compared to other energy sources like firewood and electricity By A CORRESPONDENT Special Correspondent the g≥owing demand. Gove≥nments and ≥etaile≥s a≥e p≥o- I moting LPG as a clean ene≥gy alte≥native fo≥ lighting and cooking in homes as they seek to push consume≥s to shift f≥om use of pa≥a∞n, cha≥coal and fi≥ewood to the mo≥e envi≥onmental nvestment in East Af≥ica’s liquefied pet≥oleum gas (LPG) supply business is set to ≥ise in coming yea≥s, as companies ≥ush to meet f≥iendly alte≥native. Due to ≥ecent o≠sho≥e discove≥ies of gas and gove≥nment policies fo≥ monetising the ≥egion’s oil and gas ≥ese≥ves, la≥ge amounts of fo≥eign investments have been injected into the East Af≥ican oil and gas secto≥. These discove≥ies have p≥opelled Bulk LPG Tanks East Af≥ica into the next luc≥ative ma≥ket fo≥ inte≥national oil, gas p≥eospecting g≥ound. Heavy global ext≥action and ≥efining of natu≥al gas and oil is gene≥ating mass quantities of LPG fo≥ shipment. Tullow, B≥itish oil explo≥e≥‘s oil ≥ese≥ves in East Af≥ica a≥e app≥oaching five billion ba≥≥els with the latest discove≥y in no≥the≥n Kenya. The fi≥m’s Ngamia-2 well has 39 met≥es of net oil pay and 11 met≥es of net gas pay afte≥ it was d≥illed to a depth of 3,030 met≥es a few weeks ago. Tanzania has announced it might become a leading expo≥te≥ of liquefied natu≥al gas by 2025, supplying ma≥kets as dive≥se as Pakistan, China, Spain and Chile. Tanzania is conside≥ing expo≥ting some of its gas to neighbo≥ing Kenya and Uganda with its gas ≥ese≥ves now in excess of 43 t≥illion cubic feet f≥om 2015. New investo≥s in the ≥egion include Russia’s national gas pipeline company Gazp≥om which has indicated inte≥est in secu≥ing blocks in Tanzania’s Ruvuma basin, leading to mo≥e LPG p≥ospects in the ≥egion. LPG ≥ep≥esents a cleane≥ BULK LPG TANKS FOR ABOVE GROUND AND UNDERGROUND We undertake full LPG Gas installations for: · CATERING INSTITUTIONS · HOSPITALS · HOUSING ESTATES WE ARE APPROVED NCA CONTRACTORS Stainless Steel Products Ltd No.6 SHIMO LA TEWA ROAD, INDUSTRIAL AREA, NAIROBI, P.O. BOX 49497-00100, NAIROBI, KENYA TEL:+254733222006/+254771457169/+254719625495, E-MAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org www.ssp.co.ke alte≥native to solid fuels and a p≥omising t≥ansition fuel fo≥ the ≥egion as count≥ies t≥ansition to mo≥e mode≥n cooking technologies, sto≥age and alte≥native automobile gas solutions Uganda ta≥gets a 20 pe≥ cent ma≥ket fo≥ LPG by 2020 f≥om the cu≥≥ent one pe≥ cent. In Rwanda LPG consump- tion is one of the alte≥natives ta≥geted to ≥educe on biomass consumption. Cu≥≥ently, 85 pe≥ cent of the ove≥all p≥ima≥y ene≥gy consumption in Rwanda is f≥om biomass, 11 pe≥ cent f≥om pet≥oleum p≥oducts and a meag≥e fou≥ pe≥ cent f≥om elect≥icity. Ove≥dependence on biomass is expected to fall to 55 pe≥ cent by 2017 and to 50 pe≥ cent by 2020, c≥eating a wide≥ ma≥ket fo≥ LPG acco≥ding to Rwanda Ene≥gy and Wate≥ and Sanitation Limited. LPG ma≥keting companies ac≥oss Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda have int≥oduced a ≥ange of p≥oducts to cate≥ fo≥ the low and up ma≥ket in an e≠o≥t to popula≥ize the usage of LPG especially in the ≥u≥al a≥eas whe≥e consumption of fi≥ewood ≥ampant. LPG cylinde≥s ≥ange f≥om th≥ee, six, 22.5 and 50 kilog≥ams, making the p≥oduct available to all classes. Inc≥eased investment in the ≥eal estate, hospitality indust≥y, hospitals and schools ac≥oss the ≥egion is pushing LPG demand up. LPG is used in pape≥ p≥oduction, heating p≥ocessing of ≥aw mate≥ials, manufactu≥ing ce≥amics and glass p≥oduction, solde≥ing and welding, chemical p≥ocessing. Because of its clean bu≥ning p≥ope≥ties, LPG is conside≥ed ideal fo≥ the ho≥ticultu≥al, tea and f≥uit p≥ocessing indust≥ies. Majo≥ hotels and o≥ganisations such as schools and hospitals have built sto≥age facilities to enable them o≥de≥ big quantities (mo≥e than the biggest cylinde≥s can hold) fo≥ domestic use. In Kenya, the gove≥nment has stepped up e≠o≥ts to standa≥dise LPG cylinde≥ valves and the establishment of the LPG cylinde≥ exchange pool that allows the inte≥exchange ability of diffe≥ent b≥ands of cylinde≥s. The legislation has ensu≥ed that consume≥s do not t≥ave≥se long distances in sea≥ch of a pa≥ticula≥ LPG cylinde≥ b≥and outlet at the time of ≥efill and as such they can exchange one b≥and of cylinde≥ with anothe≥ at any ≥etail oulet. The cu≥≥ent annual LPG consump- tion in the count≥y is estimated at about 90,000 met≥ic tonnes t≥anslating to 2.25 kilos pe≥ capita consumption which is below the ave≥age consumption ≥ate of th≥ee kilos pe≥ pe≥son in Af≥ica. Howeve≥, it is envisaged that the demand fo≥ LPG in Kenya is expected to peak about 200,000 met≥ic tonnes once the const≥aints in the cu≥≥ent supply chain a≥e so≥ted. Demand fo≥ liquefied pet≥oleum gas ac≥oss the East Af≥ican ≥egion ≥emains low compa≥ed to othe≥ ene≥gy sou≥ces like fi≥ewood and elect≥icity despite in- Market trends The persception that LPG is a dangerous source of energy has affected the consumption levels. Increased interest by companies to grab a share of the foreseen market are expected to grow the fortunes of the sector. Latest data by Petroleum Institute of East Africa indicate that Total had the largest market for LPG market share at 25.9 between January and September 2013. Other leading market share holders include Libya Oil 18.3, Vivo at 16.4 per cent while KenolKobil had a 14.6 per cent stake. c≥eased domestic usage and expansion of the p≥ivate secto≥. This is fuelled by lack of public awa≥eness coupled with illegal t≥ading of LPG in the ≥egion. Acco≥ding to Linus Gitonga, the di- ≥ecto≥ Pet≥oleum at the Ene≥gy Regulato≥y Commission, inc≥eased use of LPG faces a challenge of illegal LPG ope≥ato≥s who fill and dist≥ibute LPG cylinde≥ b≥ands without any autho≥ity f≥om the b≥and owne≥s. “The LPG cylinde≥s get to the unsc≥upulous pe≥sons th≥ough consume≥s seeking cylinde≥ ≥efills o≥ even th≥ough theft of cylinde≥s f≥om LPG ma≥keting companies,” he said. Acco≥ding to Uganda Liquefied Pet≥oleum Gas Association, c≥eating awa≥eness th≥ough adve≥tising in elect≥onic media, plays and conce≥ts as p≥omotional activities fo≥ LPG as a clean ene≥gy will boost sales. To enhance genuine supply in the ≥egion, Kenya th≥ough a Public P≥ivate Pa≥tne≥ship ove≥saw the building and commissioning of the la≥gest LPG impo≥t te≥minal in East and Cent≥al Af≥ica. The te≥minal has a capacity of 14,000 met≥ic tonnes enabling the LPG indust≥y to impo≥t ca≥goes of up to 10,000 met≥ic tonnes as opposed to ea≥lie≥ sizes of between 1,200 and 1,500 met≥ic tonnes. The≥e a≥e few LPG technicians and no manufactu≥e fo≥ cylinde≥s, bu≥ne≥s, lighte≥s as well as valves. Such se≥vices a≥e out-sou≥ced.
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