KenolKobil to build lube-blending plant in Mombasa

KenolKobil’s Managing Director David Ohana said that the company plans to build a lube blending plant with a capacity of 1,000 metric tonnes per month in Mombasa, Kenya, the country’s second largest city. The new plant will be a joint venture with BP Southern Africa (BPSA).

The two companies signed an agreement on 19 May, which gave KenolKobil exclusive distribution rights for Castrol lubricants in Kenya.

“We will build a new blending plant in Mombasa in the next one or two years at a cost of between USD 10 million and USD 15 million,” Ohana said during the signing ceremony in the capital city of Nairobi.

KenolKobil Ltd., which is the third largest oil marketer in the country after Total and Shell, will distribute the full range of Castrol products, including Edge and Magnatec, in Kenya.

Headquartered in Kenya, the group also has subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Burundi, as well as trading presence in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and DR Congo.