The Port of Mombasa’s new Kipevu Oil Terminal has marked a significant achievement with the arrival of the first consignment of directly imported fuel from Uganda.

This event, described as a milestone by Uganda’s Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Ruth Nankabirwa, signifies a notable advancement for the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC).

Nankabirwa praised the quality of the refined petroleum products delivered through the Port of Mombasa, expressing her satisfaction with the process.

"This is a milestone for the Uganda National Oil Company," she stated, while extending her gratitude to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), and the entire Government of Kenya for ensuring the successful commencement of the imports.

The operational efficiency of the new Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT) has been highlighted as a key factor in this successful endeavour.

KPA Managing Director Capt. William Ruto noted that the new terminal has streamlined marine oil terminal operations, created synergy, and enhanced safety and operational excellence.

He revealed that the facility handled a total of 9,636,098 metric tons of petroleum products in the year 2023/2024, underscoring the port’s capability and efficiency in attracting more oil tankers.

Kenya’s commitment to the security and safety of the cargo was reaffirmed by Dr Mohamed Liban, Kenya’s Principal Secretary for the State Department of Petroleum, who represented Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir at the event.

Dr Liban assured that the government remains dedicated to maintaining these high standards.

The optimism surrounding this development was echoed by UNOC Chairman Mathias Katamba and UNOC CEO Proscovia Nabbanja, who both foresee positive impacts from this direct importation strategy.

This collaborative effort between Uganda and Kenya marks a significant step forward in regional energy cooperation and infrastructure development, promising enhanced operational efficiencies and strengthened bilateral relations in the oil sector.