According to reports from the Energy Ministry, consumption of LPG in Uganda has steadily increased from about 1,000 cubic metres in 1994 to 8,000 cubic metres today. To improve the customer experience for Shell Gas users in Uganda, Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell fuels and lubricants has added a new innovation to the Shell gas category. The new Shell Gas 6kg cylinder, coming with a burner and grill. ; Dubbed “Ka-portable”, this new cylinder is a clean, safe, fast, convenient and affordable cooking solution.

Gas is increasingly gaining dominance among the Ugandan population as a source of cooking energy. It is likely to take over from charcoal that has for years dominated Uganda kitchens despite its cost and inconvenience. Vivo Energy today has added to its portfolio a 6 Kg Shell Gas cylinder with a burner and grill to increase convenience and cut costs, especially for beginners.

Shell Gas is currently available in 6kg, 15kg, and 45kg. The brand also offers a bulk gas solution for real estate developers, schools, hotel owners and industrial users.

The introduction of the 6kg cylinder with a burner and grill will encourage the use of cooking gas among the outdoor users, food vendors, new home owners and rural households that largely rely on charcoal, firewood or kerosene for domestic use.

Speaking at the launch of the new cylinder at Bugolobi market, Vivo Energy Country Sales Manager Edward Walugembe said that the company has over the past few years spearheaded efforts to educate the public on the use of gas. This includes offering training on safe handling of the product for the benefit of customers and the general public.

“This new 6kg cylinder with a burner is targeting the youth who do less cooking and vendors who have to warm food before serving it to their clients. It is convenient for the customer because it can be used without a cooker, one does not need a cooker to use it.” Walugembe said.

“Our bottling plant in Kampala has a daily filling capacity of 20 tonnes and operates under strict compliance with Vivo Energy’s depot operating procedures to ensure that the product sold is safe, of the highest quality, and fit for use” Walugembe further noted. 

Some environmentalists argue that if Uganda increases its consumption of gas for cooking purposes, it would control tree felling, which would lessen national deforestation. According to NEMA, Uganda loses up to 80,000 hectares, of forest annually.

Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda since 1953.

Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 118 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

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, operates over 1,500 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres 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 Uganda: Corporate Communications 

Cerinah Zalwango Tugume

Tel: +256 772 754001

Email: [email protected]

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