By Okech Francis
Pacific Petroleum Limited is campaigning against environment pollution through the provision of quality cooking gas to the people of South Sudan.
The pocket friendly cooking gas comes in packages of 6 and 13 kilograms for households and 25 and 50 kilograms for commercial purposes, including use in hotels and other organizations, Kur Ngor Kur, the Senior Marketing Executive Officer at the company told Juba Echo in an interview on July 03.
In the capital Juba, Pacific Petroleum is engaging communities with a campaign to ensure environment friendly use of fuel, and as well promote the gas.
Every Friday, for the next three months, it will be on the streets, talking to people about the dangers of deforestation, the pollution from other fuels, and educating the masses on why South Sudan must adopt eco-friendly systems.
“The environmental issues are grave, especially with rampant cutting of trees,” Kur said.
“We must really tell people to use gas instead of cutting down trees so that we save the environment for future use.”
Pacific Petroleum has been in South Sudan since 2015 and mainly deals in fuel related products.
The company sells the 6kg gas cylinder at 30,000 South Sudanese Pounds. When emptied, refilling would cost 6,000 SSP. The 13kg cylinder sells at 40,000 SSP and refilling cost 10,000 SSP. Both the 25 and 50 kg are not sold but leased out to companies who only pay for refilling.
As the US dollars falters against the SSP, Pacific Petroleum has plans to also adjust prices, Kur said.
Plans are also there to provide free cylinders with time, for potential customers who will be paying for refill only, he said.
Currently the company imports the gas from Kenya but will use cheaper local products when the oil refinery in Bentiu of Unity State is officially launched, according to Kur.
“Our idea for doing this is to make sure South Sudan can utilize the gas cheaply,” Kur said.
“Using gas saves a lot of time one would take in making fire from firewood or charcoal.”