Oil companies in Kenya

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The history of oil marketing in Kenya began in 1903 during colonial times.[1] 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.[2]


There are over 60 registered oil companies in Kenya. The industry is controlled by a major companies such as Oilibya, Shell and Total with competition from some locally established companies such as KenolKobil, National Corporation, Tosha and Dalbit Petroleum. Most of the companies with operations in Kenya have expanded to the East Africa community.

  • Oilibya present in - Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Kenya , Sudan, and Djibouti
  • Kenol Kobil present in- Kenya, Uganda , Burundi, Ethiopia and Zambia

Registered oil companies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Colonial Reports" (PDF). University of Illinois. 
  2. ^ Muema, Paul. "Strategies adopted by oil marketing firms in Kenya to remain competitive" (PDF). University of Nairobi.