Kenyans in select areas will have to fork out Ksh300 more to refill their Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders following an increase in prices in the past weeks.
A spot check by Kenyans.co.ke shows that the price of a 6kg gas cylinder rose from Ksh1,200 in September 2023 to around Ksh1,400 in January 2024 whereas a 13 kg cylinder which retailed at Ksh2,400 last year is now going for Ksh2,900.
As of January 17, 2024, the price of a 6 kg cylinder was retailing at Ksh1,250 while a 13 kg cylinder went for Ksh2,500 in areas along Thika Road.
In Uthiru, the prices are relatively higher, with users parting with Ksh1,300 for a 6kg cylinder and Ksh2,800 for a 13 kg cylinder. For some brands, the price goes as high as Ksh2,900.
File photo of Gas Cylinders on display at an outlet in Nairobi City
In Embakasi, retailers have hiked the prices of a 6kg cylinder to an average of Ksh1,380 while a 13 kg cylinder sells at Ksh3,160.
Residents who reside in Ruaka will have to pay at a relatively lower rate, with a 6 kg cylinder going for Ksh2,150 while a 13 kg cylinder retails at Ksh2,700.
A Kitengela-based resident who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke revealed that he paid Ksh3,050 for a 13 kg cylinder.
“I refilled the gas a day before the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced the new fuel prices,” the resident explained.
Another spot-check showed a gradual increase in gas prices, with the prices of a 13 kg cylinder increasing from Ksh2,300 in August to Ksh2,400 in September, Ksh 2,500 in October and Ksh2,700 by the end of December 2023.
On the other hand, a 6 kg cylinder previously retailed at Ksh1,050 in August and gradually increased to Ksh1,450 by December.
An increase in cooking gas prices puts pressure on households that are already struggling to make ends meet.
Observers have since raised questions over the steady increase in LPG prices despite fuel prices recording a decrease in the last two months.
In the past two months, EPRA has lowered fuel prices, after several months of prices remaining high.
In December 2023, the prices for petrol, diesel and kerosene decreased by Ksh5, Ksh2 and Ksh4.01 to retail at Ksh212.36, Ksh201.47 and Ksh199.05 per litre respectively.
A month later, the prices of Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene decreased by Ksh5, Ksh5 and Ksh4.82 respectively.
Currently, they retail at Ksh207.36, Diesel at Ksh196.47, and Kerosene at Ksh194.23 in Nairobi.
In October 2023, the Cabinet proposed the removal of all taxes on LPG to make the commodity more affordable..
This was after the eight per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) was scrapped in the Finance Act 2023, a move in line with the country’s intentions to transition towards using green energy.
A person fueling a vehicle.