NAIROBI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consumption is rising as consumers look for alternatives to high oil prices, a government official said on Friday.
Daniel Kiptoo, Director General of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority told journalists that current per capita consumption by household and commercial users stands at 8 kg compared to 7.5 kg registered last year.
"The government is implementing a number of interventions so that we achieve a target of 15 kg per capita before the year 2030," Kiptoo said in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, adding that the east African nation is keen to move away from reliance on firewood, charcoal or Kerosene and adopt clean cooking fuels.
According to the energy regulator, Kenya is wholly dependent on imported LPG as there is currently no local production. Kiptoo observed that one strategy to boost uptake of LPG is to increase the number of import terminals along the Indian Ocean coastline in order to increase competition among industry players
"There are nine privately owned LPG import terminals that are at various stages of development and will soon be licensed," he noted.
He added that in order to further drive down the retail price of LPG, imports will be conducted via an open tender system.