Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline to be launched before year end

Energy secretary Charles Keter. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Energy secretary Charles Keter. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The new Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline is set for commissioning before Christmas, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has said today.

The launch will come as a relief to road users as the pipeline is expected to ease traffic along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, as well as significantly improve supplies and stability in Nairobi, Kisumu and their environs.

Speaking when he met the President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday at his Harambee House Friday, Mr Keter said the pipeline will ensure the country has a stable petroleum cover.

“The new 20-inch 450-km oil pipeline from Mombasa to Nairobi is 97 per cent complete, and could be commissioned as early as Christmas,” said Mr Keter.

“This will have a great impact. It will ease congestion on Mombasa-Nairobi highway,” he added.

Clean energy

The CS also said plans to roll out low-cost liquid petroleum gas (LPG) were at a very advanced stage, with the target launch before Christmas.

He said the move will increase penetration of alternative forms of energy to commonly used sources like charcoal and kerosene, which government wants to phase out in the long-term.

Mr Kenyatta was also briefed on the work on infrastructure around the oil fields in Turkana, including road repairs and the fixing of the damaged Kainuk bridge.