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Kenya, Dar trade spat cuts gas vendor’s market share

Gas vendors in Nyeri. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Gas vendors in Nyeri. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

A leading Tanzanian cooking gas vendor saw its share market in Kenya shrink by 4.7 percentage points in the second quarter of the year as an import ban from its home country into Kenya took a toll.

Latest data from the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) shows Lake Gas commanded 17.6 per cent of the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) market in the three months ending June, second to KenolKobil with 18.4 per cent share.

In March, it held the largest share at 23.1 per cent, having jumped from 14.1 per cent in December 2016. The firm had not featured on the list of PIEA’s top gas suppliers as recently as September 2016.

It is owned by Dar tycoon Ally Etha Awadh who recently acquired Kenya’s Hashi Petroleum retail fuel business, although this did not include Hashi’s gas business.

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