Sep 4, 2010
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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has published proposed rules for importation of crude oil and refined petroleum products into the country.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has published proposed rules for importation of crude oil and refined petroleum products into the country.

ERC said in Kenya Gazette Notice No.997 that importation is to be carried out by marketers in compliance with the Energy Act of 2006, terms and conditions of a valid licence issued by the regulator.

Director general Kaburu Mwirichia said firms bringing in refined fuel for local use are also required to refine crude oil at Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd in quantities the minister of Energy may prescribe from time to time.

The proposed regulations give the minister power to prescribe quantities of crude oil and refined petroleum products to be brought in outside the open tender system.

National Oil Corporation of Kenya was recently given the authority to import 30 per cent crude oil and refined fuel which the country needs annually. Industry players, however, questioned the rationale of giving Nock the allocation.

Mr Mwirichia said the proposed rules require marketers to comply with Environmental Management Coordination Act of 1999 and must meet Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) specifications and global standards.

He said a marketer will not import any petroleum product into the country unless the company is a member of Oil Spill Mutual Aid Group (OSMAG) or any other body prescribed by Energy Regulatory Commission.

He asked wananchi to submit to the regulator written comments within 40 days of publication.
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