Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline set for April completion

Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline set for April completion

Works on the Mombasa Nairobi oil pipeline is set to be complete by April, bringing to an end a one-year delay on the project.

Kenya Pipeline is replacing the existing oil pipeline in an effort of enhancing fuel supply across the country and into the region.

In a statement KPC Managing Director Joe Sang said demand for fuel both locally and in the region had risen steadily, necessitating the pipeline upgrade.

According to Kenya Pipeline, Kenya’s demand for fuel is projected to hit 6.4 billion liters by 2020.

The 450-kilometer oil pipeline is set to enhance the safe transportation of fuel as well as reduce reliance on fuel trucks on the road.

Once complete, the pipeline will have a capacity to move one million liters per hour, cutting down the need for the roughly 700 trucks that ply the Mombasa Nairobi highway daily carrying fuel.

“This will enhance safety because pipeline transportation of fuel is the safest and most cost effective way of transporting petroleum products the world over. There will therefore be no tanker accidents, fuel fires, siphoning on our roads hence saving lives and conserving our environment,” Mr Sang’ said.

Demand for fuel in the region has grown from 2.4 billion liters in 2014 to 3.5 billion liters as of last year.

The pipeline modernization program also fits well with Kenya Pipeline’s plan of enhancing oil storage capacity across the country.

Mr Sang said the state agency is already investing in oil storage tanks in Western Kenya, Central Kenya, Rift Valley and South Nyanza as part of the project.

The new oil pipeline is set to be commissioned in June.

Report by Victor Marita 

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