The businesses showcased here supply various grades of petrol (gasoline) and fuel oil in Zambia. This includes jet fuel, diesel fuel and heavier fuel oils. The oil refineries that distill petroleum products from crude oil may also supply asphalt, tar, paraffin wax, lubricating and other heavy oils, chemicals used to produce plastics, sulphur and petroleum coke. The petroleum industry in Zambia includes the processes of refining, transporting often by oil tankers and pipelines, and marketing petroleum products. The largest volume products of the industry are fuel oil and petrol. Petroleum oil is also the raw material for many chemical products, including pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, and plastics.
An oil marketing company means a company that operates petroleum retail service stations; procures and sells petroleum products to bulk consumers and the general public through petroleum product retail stations and reselling outlets.
Zambia has a total of 215 filling stations (Energy Regulation Board, 2014). The filling stations are usually located in major towns and metropolitan areas, especially along the line of the rail where Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) including BP, Total, Engen, Chevron and Kobil have established filling stations.