Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has today announced a shift to transporting more of their diesel using rail following an increase in specialized fuel transportation tanks by operator Rift Valley Railways.
This is the fourth month that Vivo Energy Kenya has been loading the product on RVR tank wagons, following a massive rehabilitation programme that will see 255 disused fuel-ferrying tanks brought back into service at the company’s workshop in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kampala.
Vivo Energy Kenya is the forerunner of this tank- wagon restoration programme that RVR is implementing in partnership with major oil transporters in the region. VEK has placed orders for 55 wagons to be delivered over the next four months.
Vivo Energy Kenya currently transports 4 million litres of diesel per month by rail to Nairobi and Uganda but plans to double these volumes in the near term. Thus has been facilitated in part by rehabilitation of the railway siding that reaches into the company’s Nairobi depot.
Speaking during the event, Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director, lauded RVR for their improved performance. “It is pleasing to see RVR improve its capacity to ferry fuel through this tank-wagon expansion programme. It’s time Kenya Ports Authority increase the movement of goods from the port using rail than road, which produces fewer emissions and makes our roads safer due to reduced traffic.”
Rift Valley Railways’ Group CEO Darlan De David explained, “In addition to expanding the capacity of rail to haul fuel through this rebuilding programme, we will be adding over 30 locomotives to our fleet this year which will considerably boost our motive power.”
He said the completion of the track rehabilitation of 73kms of the railway track between Nairobi and Mombasa and rebuilding of falling bridges near Jinja has seen the lifting of speed restrictions in many sections and slashed transit time between the port and Nairobi by six hours.
RVR will continue to invest in efficiencies in our operations and solutions for more bulk transportation of different types of cargo to ensure that railway is a true catalyst of growth in the economy.” De David added.
About Vivo Energy Kenya
Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, announced its name change from Kenya Shell in February 2013 following the completion of acquisition in November 2012.The Shell brand has been in Kenya for over 100 years. Vivo Energy Kenya has a storage capacity of 85,200m³ and 120 retail stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Kenya employs 163 permanent employees and provides indirect employment to over 200 people.
About Rift Valley Railways
Rift Valley Railways (RVR) holds a franchise to operate rail freight services and manage the Kenya-Uganda railway linking the port of Mombasa with the hinterland of Kenya and Uganda. RVR began implementing a $287 million (Shs 25billion) investment programme in January 2012 to turnaround the railway company through large investments in technology, operations, infrastructure and skilled human capacity.
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