Rwanda: Vivo Energy opens a new service station in Nyakabanda

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Vivo Energy, which markets and distributes Engen-branded petroleum products in Rwanda, has opened a new service station in Nyakabanda, Kigali, in a bid to expand its retail network and provide more convenience to customers.

The launch will increase Vivo Energy Rwanda’s retail network footprint to over 40 service stations across the country.

At the launch, Saibou Coulibaly, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Rwanda, said, “Over the past three years, Vivo Energy Rwanda has become one of the leaders in the energy industry in Rwanda”.

Coulibaly added that the company’s network has grown organically, doubling the number of service stations since 2020.

Dozens of motorbike taxi operators turn up to refuel during the inauguration of Vivo Energy Rwanda’s new service station at Nyakabanda in Kigali on April 27. Photo by Craish Bahizi

The launch of the new service station here in Kigali, and our expansion across the country, is a reflection of the country’s rapid economic growth.

In addition, the Nyakabanda gas station will be the only one in the region to have a store and a grease station, which will help meet the needs of customers.

Hans Paulsen, Vivo Energy’s Executive Vice President for East and South, said; “We want to renew our commitment and testify to the Rwandan market.”

Paulsen added that the company is constantly looking for investment opportunities and that Rwanda is well positioned to attract more capital flows into the energy sector.

Pushing the boundaries of service, Paulsen added, technology and innovation are what we do, and we strive to be a part of our customers’ lives in a way that matters to them.

A Vivo Energy Rwanda employee serves a customer during the inauguration of the new ENGEN gas station in Nyakabanda.

Stan Mittelman, who was making his first visit to Rwanda since taking over as the new CEO of Vivo Energy Group last month, concluded: “It is an honor to be here today to celebrate the opening of this new service station.

Mittelman added that; “I am particularly happy to be in Rwanda, the country of a thousand hills and a million smiles. Rwanda has inspired the world with its impressive transformation in all sectors of life and business”

He praised Rwanda for its remarkable leadership

“We have seen the country grow into a global power, thanks to its remarkable leadership. Vivo Energy is very proud to be associated with Rwanda and to be part of its growth story.”

Vivo Energy operates and markets 2,400 service stations in 23 African countries.

The Company employs approximately 2,700 people and has access to over 1,000,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity.

The launch will increase Vivo Energy Rwanda’s retail network footprint to over 40 service stations across the country.

Hans Paulsen, Vivo Energy’s Executive Vice President for East and South, addresses the event at the station’s inauguration. Crash Bahizi

Stan Mittelman, the new Vivo Energy Group Chief Executive, cheers along with the motorcycle taxi operators. Crash Bahizi

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