The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) said it cut fuel consumption by 92% after the government imposed tough COVID-19 measures last year to curb the spread of the disease.
According to KPC operations manager Martin Wanyama, the demand for kerosene at the Embakasi depot has fallen from a high of 2.5 million liters a day to as much as 200,000 liters since passenger flights were suspended between March and August last year.
Despite the resumption of passenger service by most airlines, the demand for kerosene in Kenya has reached pre-pandemic levels.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the aviation industry to cancel commercial passenger flights after several countries including Kenya restricted travel.
In Kenya, the government announced the end of freedom of movement by air, land or water in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.
The main burden of the pandemic was borne by suppliers of auxiliary products to the aviation industry, such as fuel.
At the Kenya Pipeline Company’s Embakasi depot, which supplies Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with kerosene, deliveries fell by 92 percent just to provide essential services.
The KPC delivery decreased by 2.3 million liters to just 200,000 liters per day.
It took nearly a year and a half to fully resume commercial passenger flights thanks to concerted efforts to contain the pandemic.
But even then, kerosene demand has not yet returned to pre-Covid levels, despite the company anticipating a gradual increase in consumption as the travel industry returns to pre-pandemic operating levels.