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The history of oil marketing in Kenya began in 1903 during colonial times. Initially, kerosene was the main import in tins but later gasoline was imported in tins and drums.

Royal Dutch Shell established the first depot on the island of Shimanzi.


The industry is controlled by a few major international players i.e. Exxon Mobil, Shell and Total with competition from some locally established ones such as KenolKobil.

Registered oil companies[edit]

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4 news items

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 03:50:57 -0800

NAIROBI, Kenya – Oil companies in Kenya aren't drilling for oil, but they are spending millions to develop the poor regions where oil is found. The low price of oil has caused companies to stop drilling for the energy source in the rich oil fields of ...
The Star
Thu, 14 May 2015 00:44:56 -0700

OIL companies in Kenya will soon be allocated stocksl according to their capacity to evacuate fuel from the main storage in Mombasa, according to proposal by the Energy Regulatory Commission. The new formulae will be a departure from current ...
The Star
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:26:15 -0700

"Oil companies in Kenya are likely to drill almost 20 wells over the next 18 months and are likely to make more discoveries," the report projects. Two laws - on energy and mining - are expected to redefine the extractives industry once passed into law.

Capital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)

Capital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:36:46 -0700

”The oil companies in Kenya do not divulge or share information with the county governments and the communities on their operations. This has strained relations more often leading to protests by communities,” Nanok said. He added that Kenya is cautious ...

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