The construction of a 20-inch multi-product oil pipeline from Mombasa to Nairobi is well on course with the arrival of the fourth and the last batch of consignment of 11,321 pieces of the pipeline at the coastal town of Mombasa. The 450km-pipeline, KPC’s largest infrastructure project since inception, will replace the aging 14-inch pipeline that has served Kenya and the region for the last 37 years.
The project will cost KES35.7 million,70 per cent of which has been sourced from a consortium of banks comprising CfCStanbic Bank, Cooperative Bank of Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa, Citi Bank N.A.(Kenya Brank) and Rand Merchant Bank (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited).
The 18-month project has already seen 44 kilometers of pipe-stringing done and 16 kilometers of welding completed. Detailed scopes of work for the project include;
1) Construction of a 20-inch pipeline and a Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) along the Right of Way (ROW) from Mombasa to Nairobi,
2) Site preparation and civil works including fencing, gates, roads, paths, drainage, water supply and equipment support, buildings and pump shelters,
3) Installation of two new mainline pumps in parallel configuration in Changamwe, Maungu, Mtito Andei, and Sultan Hamud respectively and two booster pumps in Kipevu,
4) Upgrade of the fire fighting system in Moi International Airport (Mombasa),Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi), Nairobi Terminal and Kipevu (Mombasa).
5) Design of the fire fighting system for the new pump stations at Changamwe,Maungu, Mtito Andei, and Sultan Hamud,
6) Erection of outdoor 66/33kV switchyard together with provision of on-site electrical distribution, high and low voltage switchgear, cabling, standby diesel engine generator, lighting and small power,
7) Installation of a control system and field instrumentation including remote pig detection device.
The new pipeline is a transformational project whose impact on the regional economy will be huge. Among the project’s benefits are enhanced product flow from the current 730 thousand litres per hour to 1million litres per hour so as to meet local and regional demand for petroleum products up to the year 2044; application of global best practices on health, safety and environmental management issues in line with Equator principles; creation of employment opportunities for Kenyans; and enhanced safety and Government revenue by providing the safest means of transporting petroleum products.