Essar Energy Overseas has entered into an agreement to acquire 50% of Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd. (“KPRL”), a 4 million metric tonne (MMTPA) per annum refinery in Mombasa, Kenya.The Government of Kenya holds the remaining 50% of KPRL.
Essar will acquire the stake from the existing shareholders – The Shell Petroleum Company Limited, Chevron Global Energy Inc and BP Africa Limited. Subject to certain conditions, the acquisition is expected to complete in early 2008.
The Mombasa refinery is the only refinery in Eastern Africa. It currently produces LPG, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and fuel oil. The refinery is planned to be upgraded by adding secondary units at a project cost of USD 400- 450 million.
KPRL’s products are sold into the Kenyan market and exported to neighbouring countries including Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. Demand for petroleum products in these markets is estimated at 5 million tonnes per annum.
Essar already has three exploration and production blocks in Madagascar and one in Nigeria.