According to data available to the Ministry of Water and Energy (Minee), since January 2001, the period of liberalization of the distribution sector of petroleum and gas products, the network of service stations has increased from 287 in 2000 to 742 operational stations by January 2017.
The number of private operators in the downstream petroleum sector has increased from four (Total, Texaco, Shell and Mobil) before liberalization to 55 currently, of which 13 are engaged in domestic gas distribution. With regard to the filling of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), we have moved from two operators, Scdp (Société camerounaise des dépôts pétroliers) and Sctm (Société camerounaise de transformation métallique), with 5 filling centers in 2000, six operators today (Scdp, Sctm, AZA Inc., Kosan Crisplant, Star Gas, Infotech and Green Oil), with a total of 13 filling centers.
Similarly, the number of gas cylinders placed on the national market has increased from 800 000 in 2000 to more than 2.3 million in 2017. LPG storage capacity has also gradually evolved since the liberalization of Sector, from 2321 tonnes in 2000 to 4219 tonnes.
The Minee explains that domestic gas consumption, recognized as clean energy, has exploded over the years, from 30,000 tonnes per year in 2000 to more than 90,000 tonnes per year.