Burkina Faso
3.1 Burkina Faso Fuel

Fuel Overview

The SONABHY (Société Nationale Burkinabè d’Hydrocarbures ) under the authority of the Ministry of Trade, holds a monopoly on the import and storage of hydrocarbons in the country. Supplies of petroleum products are mainly contracted through calls for tenders and long-term contracts (suppliers with port storage capacities and direct purchases).

The transit storage of products purchased on the international market is carried out at the Storage Company (STSL) in Lomé (Togo), at the ORYX depot in Cotonou (Benin), at the National Company for the Marketing of Petroleum Products (SONACOP) in Téma and Bolgatanga (Ghana) and GESTOCI in Côte d'Ivoire.
Hydrocarbon products purchased are generated from coastal depots to inland depots in Burkina Faso by rail (SITARAIL) and road (private transporters). SONABHY has three main storage depots located in Bobo Dioulasso, Bingo and Péni with currently construction projects ongoing in Bingo to increase the storage capacity.

Hydrocarbon products are then distributed to end consumers through key account players or customers (members of the Groupement Professionnel Pétrolier) who obtain their supplies directly from SONABHY. These large account customers (around 85 as date of September 2021) consist of marketers, subsidiaries of multinationals (Vivo Energy, Total Energies, Orix Energy, Ola Energy) and independent national companies distributing petroleum products (Otam, Petrofa).

Brochure on SONABHY (French version) here.

Last October 2018, the SONABHY had obtained its ISO 9001/2015 certification.

For more information on government and fuel provider contact details, please see the following links: 4.1 Government Contact List and 4.7 Fuel Providers Contact List.

Information may also be found at: http://www.mytravelcost.com/petrol-prices/ which is updated monthly. 

Fuel Pricing

The prices of hydrocarbons and butane gas, together with the duties and taxes levied on hydrocarbon imports, are fixed monthly by the CIDPH (Comité Interministériel de Détermination des Prix des Hydrocarbure) which includes 13 indicators to structure the price.
The isolation of the country and taxes partly explain the relatively high level of hydrocarbon prices in Burkina Faso to compare with others UEMOA countries.

Fuel Prices per Liter as of: 01/09/2021

Exchange rate 1 USD = 552.25 XOF

(source BCEAO)



Super 91

610 CFA / 1.10 US$

605 CFA / 1.09 US$


540 CFA / 0.97 US$

545 CFA / 0.98 US$


540 CFA / 0.97 US$

535 CFA / 0.96 US$

DDO (Diesel Distillate Oil)

495 CFA / 0.89 US$

490 CFA / 0.88 US$



Jet A-1

0.58 US$

Seasonal Variations 

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (i.e., are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military?)


Is there a rationing system?


Is fuel to lower income / vulnerable groups subsidized?


Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs?


Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to directly contract a reputable supplier / distributor to provide its fuel needs?


Fuel Transportation

SONABHY has a fleet of 1300 tank trucks (capacity from 30,000 to 65,000 liters) contracted through private transporters to collect hydrocarbon from coastal depots to inland depots in Burkina. Then marketers manage the delivery of hydrocarbons to their own gas station or depots across the country.

Standards, Quality and Testing

Industry Control Measures

Do tanks have adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel?


Are there filters in the system which monitor where fuel is loaded into aircraft?


Is there adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks?


Is there a presence of suitable firefighting equipment?


Standards Authority

Is there a national or regional standards authority?


If yes, please identify the appropriate national and/or regional authority.

ABNORM (Agence Burkinabé de Normalisation, de Métrologie et de la Qualité)

If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced?


Testing Laboratories

Are there national testing laboratories?

Yes. Each storage deposit has its own laboratory to perform quality control.


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