The President of Kenya, William Ruto, on February 24th announced an ambitious program to make local cooking gas more affordable for Kenyans.
Speaking in Dongo Kundu, he promised that within the next three years, all Kenyan households would have access to affordable cooking gas.
To achieve this, Ruto has directed top managers at the Kenya Pipeline Company Limited (KPC) to increase the storage capacity of LPG gas to make it available throughout the country.
He has asked them to expand the local terminal storage capacity, which will provide reservoirs for cheaper LPG gas from Tanzania.
The President expects government institutions, including secondary schools, to switch from biomass to LPG gas, with all schools and institutions expected to have put in place mechanisms for cooking with gas by 2025.
The project is aimed at reducing the cost of cooking gas in Kenya and increasing the capacity from 30,000 to 45,000 tonnes of LPG gas.
President Ruto expressed his hope that this initiative will protect mothers from dangerous biomass cooking.