Kerosene Suppliers In South Africa

What is a Kerosene?

Kerosene, or paraffin, is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid which is derived from petroleum. It is widely used as a fuel in aviation as well as households.

Kerosene Suppliers In South Africa


Kerosene – or ‘illuminating oil’ – is a petroleum distillate which is widely used in Africa for domestic heating fuel, to produce light in wick-fed oil lamps, and to cook in stoves and pressure burners.

But kerosene has other uses, too – when mixed with other additives, it’s used to produce jet fuel, and is also used in the manufacture of insecticides and herbicides to control pests, weeds and fungi.

As a fraction of cured oil in the boiling range of 150°-250°C, it’s treated mainly for reducing aromatic content to increase its smoke point (height of a smokeless flame), and sulphur content to improve its odour, colour and burning qualities (char value).

Who are the suppliers of oil in South Africa?

BP Southern Africa, Astron Energy, Engen Petroleum, PetroSA, Sasol Oil, Shell South Africa and TotalEnergies South Africa are the main players in the South African oil industry.

What is kerosene called in South Africa?

Kerosene is often referred to as paraffin in the UK, but also in parts of East and South Africa too.

However, if you ever find yourself in America and need to buy kerosene, then we advise you to ask for kerosene since nearly everybody stateside will know it as kerosene, rather than paraffin.