Leading petrol company Engen Rwanda has teamed up with MTN Rwanda to enable customers to purchase fuel or lubricants using MTN Mobile Money.
The partnership will allow MTN Mobile Money subscribers to make payments through the platform at all 10 Engen petrol stations in Kigali, with an expected rollout in the rest of the country by early 2017.
Speaking at the launch of the service at the Engen Station in Kicukiro, the company’s Managing Director, Sarah Doukoure, said: “It’s all about delivering the best forecourt experience. The partnership between our two brands, MTN and Engen, is an important step in achieving a completely cashless environment at our petrol stations, increasing convenience and safety for our customers.”
Engen Rwanda commenced operations in Rwanda in November 2008 after acquiring the assets of Total, and has become a leading marketer of a wide range of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products in the country. It is currently running 21 service stations in Rwanda and operates in 18 African markets.
Since the introduction of MTN Mobile Money in 2010, the rapid uptake of the service has demonstrated the high demand for easy-to-use, safe, and affordable payment options. By December 1st 2016, MTN had recorded over 1 million active Mobile Money subscribers.
The payment facility at Engen fuel stations is accessible to all MTN Mobile Money registered customers, who will receive an SMS asking them to approve the pending payment initiated by the fuel pump attendant. They will dial *182# – My Account – Pending Approvals, and approve the payment by entering their Mobile Money PIN number. The amount will then be deducted from their Mobile Money Account.
The Engen payment option adds to an increasing number of services which can now be paid for with MTN Mobile Money. They include a similar service for SP petrol stations, paying for water and electricity, as well as for school fees and government services.
“As part of our brand promise we shall continue to bring innovations onto the local market,” said MTN’s General Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Mary Asiimwe. “We believe that this partnership with Engen will increase efficiency and add value to our customers’ lives through the ease, and convenience of MTN Mobile Money.”
Not to mention that it also gives a boost to the government’s drive to increase cashless transactions, thus greatly contributing to the economic transformation of Rwanda.