Vivo Energy has continued to show support for sports development in Uganda. The company, which markets and distributes Shell fuels and lubricants, through its brand Shell Rimula, has sealed a Seventy Four Million Four Hundred Thousand deal with Rhinos Rugby Club, in a sponsorship that will last for 18 months.

The sponsorship which also includes a new kit for Rhinos, was unveiled by Vivo Energy Managing Director, Hans Paulsen along with officials from Rhinos Rugby club, the sponsorship ushers in a new era for the club which will now take the title Shell Rimula Rhinos.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at Legends Rugby Grounds, Hans Paulsen remarked that Vivo Energy is pleased to partner with Rhinos Rugby club, which is one of the oldest clubs in Uganda, and affirmed Vivo Energy’s commitment to the promotion of the game.

“This package is a demonstration of our continuous support to developing sports in Uganda. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in Uganda today. We are committed to playing a major role in developing local talent,” he said. “I hope this new partnership will see the team’s performance and morale greatly boosted” Hans added.

Rhinos’ chairman Alex Kalimugogo, hailed Vivo Energy for investing in rugby and Rhinos rugby club in particular.

“Our partnership with Vivo Energy is a major transformation opportunity for our club, as Shell is one of the biggest national and global brands. Uganda rugby has been dominated by two clubs since the revival of the game in the early 1990s - Kobs and Heathens.  This partnership gives Rhinos the leverage it needs to break this dominance, which is an overall positive development for rugby in general” Kalimugogo noted.

“We intend to make this partnership mutually beneficial by ensuring that Vivo Energy and its Shell brands get the mileage they deserve for investing in Rhinos.  We now look forward to delivering something unique to Uganda rugby” he concluded.

Vivo Energy has for many years been involved in sports development in the country with an emphasis on motor sport and now the company is taking on rugby under the Shell Rimula lubricant brand.

Rhinos Rugby Club was started in 1993 by former Rhinos basketball players and has since grown into a regular participant in Uganda's top tier competition-The Super 8.

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 2,300 people, operates over 1,600 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:

Cerinah Zalwango Tugume

Vivo Energy Uganda: Communication Manager

Tel: +256 772 754001

Email: [email protected]


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