Kenya Ports Authority is set to construct the second phase of Mombasa port terminal in early 2017. The second container terminal worth KES217bn (US$ 213m) will provide an additional capacity of 470,000 and 550,000 twenty feet equivalent units (TEUs). To finance the project, the government has signed a KES24.6bn (US$241.3m) loan agreement with the government of Japan to help in construction. The port will enhance operations at the Mombasa port.
Once construction it is complete, the new Mombasa port in will mostly be operated by an international operator through a 25-year concession. According to reports, the traffic forecast has indicated that annual container throughput will rise from 1.012mn TEUs handled in 2014 to 1.12mn this year. It is expected to further grow to 1.8m upwards to three million TEUs between 2016 and 2030.
In addition, there is construction of the casting of mass concrete blocks for the smaller berth, Number 20 that will measure 230 meters long on completion. The other two berths of the first three of the 1.2million Teus capacity terminal will be 320meters and 350 meters of length.
KPA authorities confirmed that the construction of phase 1 which is more than 90 per cent complete is anticipated to be ready by February 2016 having cost US$ 900m.The port of Mombasa in Kenya is a key trade gateway in East Africa serving countries like Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Some of the ports managed by KPA include Malindi, Lamu, Kilifi, Mtwapa, Shimoni, Kiunga, Funzi and Vanga.
Japan’s Toyo Construction Ltd is in-charge of the first phase of the KES27 billion new terminal, which is 85 per cent complete and will be ready a month or two ahead of the March 2016 completion date.The second terminal will be built at the Kilindini Harbor which will ease congestion while making the harbor more attractive and competitive.