Kenya’s Oil Industry Hit Hard: Massive Losses Loom as Uganda Chooses Dar Port Over Local Facilities

Common user manifold pipes at Kipevu station in Mombasa County, Kenya. PHOTO COURTESY
Common user manifold pipes at Kipevu station in Mombasa County, Kenya. PHOTO COURTESY

Kenya has suffered a $200 million export loss to Uganda, its key regional market, since October 2023.

The ongoing dispute over petroleum imports poses a risk to major oil infrastructure, and experts predict further losses.

Uganda recently opted to import oil from Tanzania after facing obstacles in registering its national oil marketer, Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), in Kenya for imports through the Mombasa port.

Uganda’s Energy Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa, expressed concerns about Kenya’s persistent hindrance to the UNOC deal, jeopardizing Uganda’s fuel supply stability.

“You can’t sit there and be at the mercy of one person. So far, I have met the President of Tanzania. My president sent me as an envoy and we are in discussions,” she said.

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