KPC boosts jet fuel testing capacity, cuts time by over 17 hours

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 05:10 | By
KPC Managing Director Joe Sang. PHOTO/Print
KPC Managing Director Joe Sang. PHOTO/Print

Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) has expanded its Jet 1-A fuel testing capacity through certification of its seven laboratories across the country and reducing testing time by over 17 hours.

Managing Director Joe Sang said this strategic move will ensures both local and international flights within Kenya benefit from a more reliable supply of safe and ample jet fuel and also minimize potential flight disruptions.

Sang was speaking after receiving re-accreditation certificates of the ISO 17025:2017 standard for the Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, and Kisumu labs by the International Standard Organisation.

The certificates were presented by Martin Chesire, CEO of Kenya Accreditation Service. Sang said KPC can now complete Jet A-1 fuel testing in six hours, down from the previous 24 hours required when tests were limited to the Nairobi laboratory.

“This advancement ensures local and international flights in Kenya experience minimal disruption, benefiting from a reliable supply of safe and ample jet fuel. Moreover, certifying all seven laboratories to test jet A-1 fuel will save on sample transportation costs and eliminate typical risks of delays and losses,” he said.

Chesire said the accreditation of all seven of KPC’s Laboratories makes KPC the largest multisite accredited Laboratory in Eastern Africa.

“The accreditation will also enable them to offer testing services to other agencies and suppliers within the petroleum sector,” he added.

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