Vivo Energy in quality drive
Posted Thursday, October 24 2013 at 01:00
As sub-standard products flood the market, Vivo Energy Uganda is making sure the public knows all about Shell’s superior fuels and lubricants, and elaborate, unmatched product quality control mechanisms.
Last Wednesday, Vivo Energy invited some of its key stakeholders and industry partners to a guided tour of its Kampala depot.
During the tour, the stakeholders for the first time got to see the company’s upgraded laboratory, which has been kitted out with the latest, technologically advanced equipment. Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell fuels and lubricants is the only fuel firm with a testing laboratory.
Vivo Energy operates in accordance with Shell’s global health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) standards, while meeting all applicable local legislation. For this reason, the company sets and maintains the high standards in all HSSE. This applies no less to controlling product quality across its supply chain. It is this latter consideration that has come under the spotlight in Uganda recently, as Vivo Energy seeks to differentiate itself and its Shell product offering from substandard products.
“Uganda’s petroleum industry has over the years suffered from adulterated fuels and counterfeit lubricants being sold on the market,” explains Ivan Kyayonka, Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, during the visit. “These products not only cause damage to the customers’ vehicles but also discourage fair competition among the operating oil companies.”
To ensure that Shell products reach the end-user in a perfect, uncontaminated state, Vivo Energy has in place elaborate quality control processes across the entire supply chain. One of these facilities is the modern fuel-testing laboratory at the company’s Kampala Depot.
“Besides the laboratory at Uganda National Bureau of Standards, ours is the only fuel-testing laboratory in Uganda and we remain the only oil company in the country that tests our products,” says Kyayonka.
“We took the opportunity to showcase our depot operations, demonstrating product testing procedures and how we control product quality at each point in the supply chain”
“Customers who care about their engines, and are mindful of the integrity of the products that go into them and the company that supplies these products, should be looking no further than the next Shell service station.”
Vivo Energy was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda for over 60 years. Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation in partnership with Vitol Aviation); Liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Mali, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.