Dredging works are ongoing for the first berth at Lamu and will be ready by June 2018, LAPSSET said in a post. Construction of the remaining two is expected to be finalized in 45 months at a cost of US$ 480 Million.The first three berths will be financed by the government of Kenya with the remaining 29 being opened up to the private sector. In total there are 32 berths.

The commencement of this project reinforces government’s resolve to make infrastructure a key facilitator of Kenya’s social and economic development. It is also in alignment to achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030, contribute a tremendous impact on demand for port services in East Africa and make it a most attractive transport and logistics.

To facilitate this, several preliminary and support infrastructure such as the Port headquarters, Port Police Station, Electric Power Connection to the National Grid and Water Reticulation Network were undertaken and are complete. Construction of the Port Management Housing Scheme is also ongoing.

At the same time, the government is structuring the remaining 29 berths to be concessional to the private sector for construction and operations. Engineering designs and details were carried out for the first berths as well as environmental and impact assessment study approved and completed in 2014.

The Authority is currently in the process of procuring the services of a transaction adviser to package the Lamu Port for Investments. In 2014, a contract was signed between Kenya Ports Authority and China Communication Construction Company for the construction of the first three Berths at Lamu Port.

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