Kenyan fuel-marketing companies’ profit margins are 50 percent above “acceptable” limits, said Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike.
Margins should be 6 shillings ($0.07) per liter instead of the 12 shillings charged at present, Nyoike told reporters today in Nairobi, the capital, after a meeting with oil companies. The current level is a level that is that companies currently make is “totally unacceptable,” he said.
“There is a lot of profiteering,” Nyoike said. “I have appealed to the oil industry to reconsider their position.”
Oil companies that operate in Kenya, East Africa’s biggest economy, include Total Kenya Ltd., a unit of Total SA, KenolKobil Ltd., and Kenya Shell Ltd., a division of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
The companies pay an average of 83 shillings per liter to buy gasoline from fuel depots, according to a ministry statement handed to reporters today. Gasoline currently retails for 96 shillings to 100 shillings in Nairobi.