Pipeline project nears completion

Construction of oil pipeline at Jomvu in Mombasa last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Construction of oil pipeline at Jomvu in Mombasa last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Sh48 billion Nairobi–Mombasa oil pipeline under construction will be ready for commissioning by the end of the year.

The contractor, Zakhem International, said in a statement that four new pump stations had been installed at Changamwe, Maungu, Mtito Andei and Sultan Hamud, with two booster pumps at Kipevu.

Zakhem’s chief executive Zakhem Ibrahim said the project, now at 94 per cent, will have new firefighting systems in the stations together with other energy efficient equipment and pipeline monitoring technologies.

It will replace the Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline that has been in operation for the last 38 years and will be Kenya’s second most expensive project after the Sh327 billion Standard Gauge Railway.

It comprises a 20 inch diameter pipeline erected along the old 450 kilometre route.

The first phase that ends in December will see one million litres of petrol pumped per hour with its capacity increased to 1.9 million litres per hour once the second phase is completed by 2023 and to 2.6 million litres per hour by 2044.

The Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (PCC) contract by Kenya Pipeline Company seeks to enhance safety and protect the environment by reducing oil transportation by road.

The Lebanon-based Zakhem Group has 36 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry from engineering and construction of onshore pipelines, storage tank farms, gathering and pumping stations, refineries and industrial plants