Oirere, S.

Contributing Editor, Nairobi, Kenya

Shem Oirere is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has spent more than 10 years covering various sectors of Africa’s economy, including construction, chemicals, energy and water, and has had numerous articles published in several international publications and websites. Previously, Mr. Oirere worked for Kenyan national newspapers, including the Daily Nation, Kenya Times and The People Daily, where he served in various capacities as correspondent, business reporter and sub-editor. He earned a higher degree in journalism from the London School of Journalism and is also a member of the Association of Business Executives (ABE).

Africa: Troubled Nigerian refineries hamper petrochemicals growth

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Nigeria’s petroleum industry has had its fair share of upheavals, ranging from insecurity that hampers upstream operations to low global oil prices that constrain midstream and downstream investments.

Africa: New maritime emissions rules to impact Africa’s downstream sector

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

As the 2020 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the implementation of low-carbon shipping regulations inches closer, African refineries are still grappling with the question of how to finance the upgrading of oil processing plants to enable them to produce the required low-sulfur marine fuels and reduce reliance on noncompliant import fuels for powering the region’s shipping industry.

Africa: Challenges facing harmonized fuel standards in East Africa

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

East Africa developed coordinated fuel standards as early as January 2015.

Africa: The challenge of investing in Africa’s additional capacities

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

According to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2017, Africa’s total crude oil production is approximately 7.9 MMbpd.

Africa: The rise in Africa’s oil storage infrastructure investments

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

The drop in crude oil prices, a growing transportation sector and an underperforming crude processing industry have created a strong demand for additional storage facilities in Africa, which is the preferred method of meeting fuel consumption requirements.

Global: The slow closing of Africa’s refining technology gap

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Technology gaps in the crude oil refining sector of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are making it difficult for crude oil processing plants to achieve energy efficiency, produce high-quality products or adhere to international carbon emissions requirements.

Refining: Fuel processing vs. imports in East Africa: Will new refinery plans be realized?

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Many analysts believe that Africa will remain a net importer of petroleum products for the foreseeable future. However, a few countries in the region have plans in place to build new refineries.

Refining: Uncertainty grips South Africa’s Clean Fuels Program

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

The planned upgrading of oil refineries in South Africa to produce Euro 5-specified fuels will likely take longer than initially anticipated.

Global: Meeting Africa’s demand for oil products

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Demand for refined oil products is expected to continue growing in Africa, both in the short and medium terms. However, the continent’s refining capacity is unlikely to keep pace as commercial risks threaten to hold back planned new refineries and the expansion of existing facilities.

Global: Reforms will shape future of Nigeria’s refining industry

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Oil-rich Nigeria’s new presidential administration has announced several changes in the country’s oil sector, as it sets out to fulfill a pre-election campaign pledge by President Muhammadu Buhari to streamline the West African nation’s hydrocarbon industry.

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