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Africa: Joining the dots

For the last 16 years, we’ve slowly but surely been helping Africa unlock its trade potential. Our fuel infrastructure is delivering high quality, low-sulphur fuels safely to where they are needed.

The challenge

From minerals and agriculture; to science and technology products – the opportunities to expand market access for African products is potentially endless. However, poor infrastructure weaknesses and unreliable access to safe, clean fuel is holding the continent back. Part of the problem is ‘co-mingling’, where high quality fuels are mixed with lesser quality fuels due to lack of storage capacity. Countries need purpose-built infrastructure to prevent this, but it’s costly and logistically challenging. 

What we did

Since we entered the continent, we have invested heavily in Africa’s fuel storage and supply – including dedicated storage terminals that maintain the purity of high quality fuel. By enhancing fuel availability, we have in turn catalysed development of Africa’s road and airport networks. At the same time, we’ve prioritised local employment and training, while also supporting community needs like safer roads. 

In 2017, we made a step change in our strategic supply to the Southern African Development Community. With a storage capacity of 46,000m3, our lease on Richards Bay terminal in South Africa adds to 115k m3 of storage at Matola in neighbouring Mozambique. In Ghana, our new 121k m3 petrol and gasoil terminal will bring fuel into West Africa, while in Tanzania, a partnership with Uber is now supplying fuel to registered drivers.

Impact

Through terminals in Mozambique, fuel is now getting deep into the continent, transforming opportunities for countries like Botswana and South Africa, where Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport now enjoys smooth supply of aviation fuel. In Tanzania, a partnership with Uber is now supplying fuel to registered drivers, while Richard’s Bay serves the Industrial Development Zone - and the wider KwaZulu-Natal region.

“Following this agreement with Uber, our aim is to supply fuel to all registered Uber partner drivers in the country – helping them to provide a service to their customers 24/7.”

Philippe Corsaletti, General Manager, Puma Energy Tanzania

We catalyse socio-economic development by introducing a reliable supply of quality fuel, investing in infrastructure such as terminals, ports and roads and partnering with local retail entrepreneurs. Find out more

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