Kenya Ports Authority plans to call on tenders for the relocation of the Kipevu oil terminal between February and April. Engineers are on their final stages of the geotechnical survey at the Mombasa port which will later lead to technical designs then tendering process. 

 

Kenya Ports Authority plans to call on tenders for the relocation of the Kipevu oil terminal between February and April. Engineers are on their final stages of the geotechnical survey at the Mombasa port which will later lead to technical designs then tendering process. 

According to local sources, preliminary designs on the planned relocation are ready. KPA will relocate the 50-year old Kipevu terminal to a new site on the southern side of the port, opposite the current container terminal. The relocation is expected to cost $120 million (Sh12.3 billion) with the preliminary design costing $1.7 million (Sh173.8 million). Construction of a new terminal is set to commence in mid 2016 as arranged.

KPA to build new oil terminal

Danish consultancy firm Niras is overseeing the relocation of the oil terminal, which will expand the country’s petroleum handling and storage capacity by almost 400 per cent, including loading facilities.

The Authority has also engaged with a consultant who is finalizing the designs in regard to the planned relocation. The new terminal, expected to be complete in 2018, will allow four large tankers of up to 150,000 tonnes to berth at the same time.
Kenya currently has two oil terminals – Kipevu situated on the mainland Port Reitz which can accommodate a single vessel of up to 100,000 tonnes at a time and the Shimanzi that can take in a 30,000-tonne vessel at a time.

Kenya serves as a key port of entry for bulk fuel importation among other imports into the hinterland, mainly Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.
 

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