KPC targets elimination of Mombasa-Nairobi oil movement by road

A KPC pipeline under construction at Kokotoni in Mombasa in 2015. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A KPC pipeline under construction at Kokotoni in Mombasa in 2015. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

KPC is targeting 100 per cent evacuation of oil products from Mombasa to Nairobi once the new Sh48 billion Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline is complete.

This will eliminate transportation of fuel by road using tankers, Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has said.

“At the moment we pump 80 per cent of products to Nairobi while the rest is transported by road.

"Accidents that have occurred involving oil tankers have caused loss of dozens of lives so we want to make sure that we pump fuel products and do away with road transport,” KPC Managing Director Joe Sang said.

95pc complete

Mr Sang said the construction of the pipeline is 95 per cent complete and is expected to be commissioned in December.

He said civil works for the 450-kilometre 20-inch pipeline was complete with the contractor finalising on works at the Changamwe Pumping Station.

“Using modern engineering technology, the project has seen installation of four new pump stations in Changamwe, Maungu, Mtito Andei and Sultan Hamud and two booster pumps at Kipevu,” said Mr Sang.

The contractor – Zakem International Construction – is finalising works on the station at Changamwe, which is expected to improve pumping capacity from the current 700,000 litres per hour to one million litres.

Earlier delays

“Despite earlier delays caused by multiple design revisions prompting procurement delays and the need for additional items, the project would be completed on schedule,” said Zakhem Ibrahim, Zakhem International chief executive officer.

The 20-inch multi product oil pipeline will replace the current 10 inch pipeline.

The new line’s installed flow rate for phase one is one million litres per hour by 2017, phase two has a capacity of 1,863,000 litres per hour by 2023 and 2,638,000 litres per hour by 2044 for phase three.

Mr Sang said the company had also more than doubled storage capacity of fuel products in Nairobi from 100 million litres to 233 million litres, to ensure that the country met local demand and export to regional countries including Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Burundi.