Bureau Veritas officially launches the newly acquired lubes testing lab in Nairobi, Kenya

Bureau Veritas, a French company that engages in testing, inspection, and certification services (TIC), officially launched the lubricants lab, which was acquired from Yana Oil Limited. The launch happened at Yana Oil Premises at Sameer Business Park on 19th April 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Present at the event were senior officials from Bureau Veritas and Yana Oil, representatives from the French Embassy, Régional Economic Department, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA), and oil marketing companies, among other major consumers of lubricants.

Bureau Veritas highlighted that the lab is about 60% of where they would want it to be, and in the coming months, new high-level equipment will be brought in to complement what is already there. The physical tests that will be done will look at the fluidity, oxidation, volatility, detergence, foaming tendency, and contaminants. Used oil analysis will also be done at the lab.

At the official launch, Cyprian Kabbis, the Chief Executive Officer of Bureau Veritas East Africa, expressed the joy of operating and managing the lab and how this will position Bureau Veritas as a service provider in testing. “We see this as a new dawn in the lubricants and coolants testing market, and this lab will benefit East and Central Africa region. We intend to bring all the global expertise and technology to this laboratory. We intend to scale it to serve our increasing number of clients seeking lubricant testing services. There is a big gap in lubricants and coolants testing, and we hope to fill that gap and contribute to the fight against counterfeit products in the market through testing.”

Bureau Veritas has been in operation for over 120 years. It opened the Nairobi office in 1994 and a food testing laboratory in Mombasa in 2014.