EPRA unveils online license issuance portal


In a bid to tame the spreading of the coronavirus in the country, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has unveiled a new online licensing portal that will allow petroleum and renewable energy license applicants to secure permits from the comfort and safety of their homes.

According to the Regulatory Authority, the issuance of the online licenses is geared towards improving the state agency’s service delivery and while acting as a countermeasure to contain the spreading of the coronavirus by minimizing social interactions with customers.

“This is one of the various initiatives to improve our efficiency and alignment to the containment efforts by the government in the fight against Covid-19. We are ensuring the safety of Kenyans whilst providing the services required,” Pavel Oimeke- EPRA Director-General said in a statement seen by CALLA News.

License applicants are encouraged to track the status of their licenses by dialing the shortcode *363# on their mobile phones. They can also send a short message with the word ´license’ and the ‘application reference number’ to 40850 or log into EPRA’s online licensing portal

Once approvals have been granted, the applicant can then download and print the license. Among the licenses that will be issued online include fifteen (15) categories of petroleum and Liquefied Petroleum Gas licenses and twelve (12) categories of electricity and renewable energy licenses.

Each year, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory processes approximately 1,500 electricity and renewable energy licenses and another estimated 8,000 Petroleum and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) licenses and permits. Other online services accessed on EPRA’s website include the system for managing the electrical installation certificates, commonly referred to as Commencement of Work Notice and the Completion Certificate launched in October 2019 replacing the hardcopy books that were previously used.

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