Government Set to Commission 48Billion Pipeline Project
By Peter Kombe
Ninety five per cent of the main civil works of the new Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline is now complete, the Kenya Pipeline Managing Director Joe Sang said.
Speaking to the press in Mombasa on Wednesday at the KPC premises in Changamwe, the Managing Director pointed the project will officially be commissioned by the end of this year.
The KPC boss stated that the project is currently doing the final works which includes hydro testing, station mechanisms coupled with some electrical works.
“We are currently doing some final works of the mega oil project which includes hydro testing, station mechanism and some electrical works. The project will be completed by the end of the year.” The KPC official said.
The director noted that the completion of the project will raise some hopes of lower road maintenance costs taking into consideration the hundreds of trucks the project will remove from the country’s roads.
“Using modern day class engineering technology, the 48 billion shilling project will see installation of 4 new pump stations in Changamwe Maungu, Mtito Andei and Sultan Hamud and 2 booster pumps in Kipevu.” The director said.
Sang said that the new line will also include fire fighting systems in the new stations together other energy efficient equipment and pipeline monitoring technologies which will introduce efficiency and safety in fuel supply logistics in Kenya and the region.
He outlined that the oil company is in the process of replacing the existing Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline that has been in operation over the past 39 years.
“The company is currently undertaking replacements of the existing Mombasa Nairobi pipeline which has been in operation for the past thirty nine years.” He said
The director said that once the project is completed, the pipeline will ensure sustained reliable and efficient transportation of petroleum products in the region and meet demand in the next 30 with an installed rate for phase one of 1 million litres per day by the end of 2017.
The contractor of the project, Zakhem International Construction Limited is responsible for procurement, construction and commissioning of the entire project.
The construction of the 20 inch diameter 450 km pipeline commenced in 2014 and a part of the vision 2030 project.
The pipeline will enhance safety and protect the environment since transportation of oil through pipeline is safe, faster and environmentally friendly.