Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, has launched a new lubricant in the market, Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, designed from natural gas. The lubricant will be used by both Petrol & Diesel engine personal vehicles.

Today’s vehicles need a motor oil that keeps pace with their changing demands and does more to improve performance and engine life. This is why Shell came up with an entirely new way, starting with natural gas, to produce base oils; the main component of motor oils.

Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary process which converts natural gas into crystal-clear base oil that is 99.5% pure, with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. Base oil makes up approximately 75-90% of a motor oil so this is a significant step-change in the composition.

Speaking during the event, Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director Mr. Polycarp Igathe, lauded the move by the company highlighting the economic benefit that the product will have to the consumers: “Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology will enable motorists to experience up to 3% better fuel economy due to reduced friction in the Shell PurePlus Technology base oils.  In an economy where motorists are looking to save as much as possible, this lubricant has come in at the ideal time.

A motorist who will start using Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology and fuels Kshs 4,000 per week, will be able to save up to Kshs 120 per week which translates to Kshs 480 per month. In a year the motorist will be able to save Kshs 5,760.

The motorists will also not need to do regular lubricant top ups, due to the lubricant’s very low volatility formulations.

Other than monetary savings Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology protects car engines against wear and corrosion, reduces maintenance costs, and extends the engine’s life. The lubricant also allows drivers to get more from today’s high performance engines.

The lubricant will ensure exceptional performance in extreme temperatures due to its enhanced viscosity features therefore enabling faster oil flow in extreme cold weather and thus warming the engine quicker.

Shell is always searching for ways to bring new and improved technology to its motor oil formulations. With a natural gas based technology, a clean and pure starting point, Shell has reimagined and reinvented synthetic lubricants, and enhanced performance.

Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Kenya since 1900.

Vivo Energy Kenya has a storage capacity of 87,625 m³ and 148 retail stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retailing stores. Vivo Energy Kenya employs 193 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,100 people and operates over 1,500 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.

Media Contact:

Vivo Energy Kenya: Communications Manager

Angela Munyua

Telephone: +254 715 828 427

Email: [email protected]

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