Securing vital supplies since 1774

Like the rest of the KNI Group, Polaroil can trace its history back to the foundation of the Royal Greenland Trade Department (KGH) in 1774. But it was not until 1948 that KNI (then KGH) established its first tank installation in Aasiaat. This was followed in 1949 by installations in Qaqortoq, Nuuk and Sisimiut.

Since then, Polaroil has grown steadily, and today the company operates 70 plants across the country. This makes us a natural part of the vast network that links all of Greenland with vital supplies – even in extreme weather conditions.

Maintaining the flow of liquid energy that keeps Greenland’s homes warm and the engines running in aircraft, vessels, cars and industry is an intricate jigsaw puzzle that we solve from our service center in Sisimiut. It is vital that we get the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place every single time, so that several million liters of gas oil, gasoline, kerosene and jet fuel can reach some of the world’s most exposed inhabitants.

For our coastal culture, fishing is the most important industry, and pollution is the biggest threat. We take pride in protecting nature and fish stocks, as well as in our traditional Greenlandic fishing and hunting culture. We can’t afford to be careless – with nature or with money. That’s why safety and responsibility are etched into our DNA: both in the minds of our employees and in our safety policy.

You need more than just standard products in the Arctic climate. That’s why our products are carefully tailored to match the specific applications, storage and climatic conditions that apply in Greenland. All of our products fully comply with all international environmental regulations, as well as with the safety and environmental regulations that apply to the storage, treatment and transport of fuels in Arctic regions. We have built up our expertise over many years, in close collaboration with international suppliers and shipping companies.

We purchase, transport, store, distribute and sell liquid fuels adapted to consumer needs and the environment – all year round, and across all of Greenland. This includes gas oils, aircraft fuel, kerosene and gasoline. It is also Polaroil’s job to secure stable prices for the Greenlandic fuel market and the lowest possible cost levels.

Local distribution of liquid fuels in the towns is partly handled by Polaroil’s own organization, and partly through agreements with local oil dealers. In the villages, it is handled by Polaroil’s sister organization, Pilersuisoq.

A more recent business area for Polaroil is servicing the international companies who operate oil exploration and mining in Greenland.

We never compromise on safety and responsibility: Those two words permeate our whole business and our everyday lives. We operate in the high Arctic, where both nature and the inhabitants are extremely vulnerable to oil pollution.

Handling liquid fuel requires very special precautions. For fuel transport, we always use ice class 1A-rated vessels.

Polaroil lives up to the highest international standards in quality and environmental management, and processes are continuously being modernized. Polaroil was ISO 9001 certified for the first time in 2011, and has since been re-certified in 2014 and 2017. We were also ISO 14001 certified in 2013 and re-certified in 2016.

With around 430 tanks at 70 sites throughout Greenland, there is a constant need for ongoing technical inspections – a task which, like all our other responsibilities, is handled with the utmost focus on safety for people and the environment.

The vessels that Polaroil operates to distribute fuels along the coasts of Greenland are all rated ice class 1A, as is the vessel used to import fuel to Greenland. Fuel imports to Kangerluarsoruseq, Nuuk, Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut take place between April and November.

All our vessels also meet the international standards and official requirements for navigation in the Arctic.

Polaroil considers quality to be the customers’ overall experience of our services.

Our customers mainly assess our services on the following parameters:

  • On-time delivery.
  • Maintenance of minimum stocks.
  • Correct technical product quality.
  • Consideration for the environment.
  • Competent, fast and friendly service.

Polaroil will:

  • Meet customer requirements and expectations regarding quality.
  • Measure and improve quality on an ongoing basis.
  • Involve employees in improvement activities.
  • Develop the skills and mindsets of staff members.
  • Comply with the applicable requirements set out in legislation and conventions.


We never compromise on safety in our business operations and daily lives. We are proud of our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.

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Pollution has direct consequences for our food supply and for our beautiful natural surroundings. That’s why protecting the environment is our most important responsibility.

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It is our job to secure stable prices for the Greenlandic fuel market and the lowest possible cost levels.

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