Total Kenya Thursday opened its service station number 176 at Isinya on the Athi River-Namanga Road and announced plans to set up two others in Kitengela and Namanga.
Kenya’s largest oil marketer by sales said the Isinya station was strategically positioned to take advantage of the proposed Isinya-Konza bypass.
The Athi River-Namanga trade artery that passes through Isinya links Kenya and Tanzania. The station is one of the few mainstream facilities in the fast-growing Kajiado.
“Total Isinya is among the first of several new-look Total service stations in Kajiado County. This is will be followed by two more outlets during the coming months. One of these will be in Kitengela and the other in Namanga,’’ said Ada Eze.
The station is a partnership with local businessman Joseph ole Ngotiek. Total has another service station in Kiserian.
Ms Eze said the company which last year bounced back to profitability has been investing over Sh1 billion annually while engaging in offshore oil exploration in Lamu through sister company, TEPK.
The oil marketer posted a Sh1.3 billion net profit last year, reversing a Sh202 million loss recorded a year earlier.
It made sales of Sh154 billion last year compared to rival KenolKobil with Sh109 billion sales.
Total’s strong performance was aided by a sharp drop in finance costs, increased sales and lower expenses in the period under review.