Vivo Energy Botswana showcases its product quality assurance to key stakeholders

As sub-standard products flood the market, Vivo Energy Botswana is making sure the public know all about Shell’s high-quality fuels and lubricants, and advanced product quality control mechanisms.

Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell fuels and lubricants, operates in accordance with Shell’s global Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) standards, while meeting all applicable local legislation. For this reason, the company sets and maintains the very highest standards in all HSSE. This also fully applies controlling product quality across its supply chain.

As we continually strive for innovation, Vivo Energy Botswana seeks to differentiate itself, and the Shell products that it markets, from sub-standard products.

“Botswana’s petroleum industry has recently been exposed to adulterated fuels and lower quality lubricants being sold in the market,” explained Wayne Kingwill, Vivo Energy Botswana’s Managing Director, at a visit for stakeholders to Vivo Energy’s Francistown depot. “These lower quality products not only have the potential to cause damage to customers’ vehicles but because they are generally cheaper they also discourage fair competition.”

To ensure that Shell’s high quality fuels and lubricants reach the end-user at the exacting quality levels they should, Vivo Energy has in place elaborate quality control processes along its entire supply chain. One of the many examples of this, is a modern fuel-testing laboratory at the company’s Francistown Depot.

“Besides the laboratories at the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, ours is currently the only fuel-testing laboratory in Botswana.” said Kingwill.

To demonstrate the high quality of Shell’s fuels and lubricants, Vivo Energy Botswana invited some of its key stakeholders and industry partners to a guided tour of their Francistown depot as well as giving them an opportunity to test fuel in its upgraded laboratory, which has recently been equipped with the latest, technologically advanced testing apparatus.

Kingwill concluded: “We took the opportunity to showcase our depot operations, demonstrating product testing procedures and explaining how we control product quality at each point in the supply chain. We also subject ourselves to a rigorous regime of independent 3rd party fuels quality audits. These audits not only test the quality of our base fuels, but also for the correct quantities and specifications of our unique Shell V-Power and Shell Fuel Save additives. This ensures that we consistently deliver on our customer promise with regard to the unique benefits Shell fuels offer.”

Customers who care about their engines should be looking no further than the next Shell service station!

About Vivo Energy:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Botswana, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Botswana for over 100 years.

Vivo Energy Botswana has a fuels storage capacity of 3,750 m³ and 88 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Botswana employs 102 people. 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 1,700 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 124,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.

Media contact:

Adelaide V Alidi

Communications Manager

Vivo Energy Botswana

Telephone: +267 7131 3205

Email: [email protected]

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