On the 29th and 30th September members of the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) were on a tour of the Mombasa- Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project. The tour that started with a courtesy call to the Managing Director of Kenya Railways Corporation(KRC) Mr. Atanas Maina saw the Engineers trace the path of the SGR line from Nairobi to the port of Mombasa.
The Mombasa-Nairobi SGR project is a Vision 2030 flagship project implemented by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in the form of an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) project integrating operation and maintenance. Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) is the Employer of the project while TSDI-APEC_EDON consortium is the consultant. The main length of the project is 480 km starting from the port of Mombasa and ending in Nairobi, while crossing 8 counties, namely, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado, Machakos and Nairobi.
While at KRC headquarters the Board was briefed on; the general overview of the project; the design criteria and standards used; challenges and lessons learnt on the project; capacity and training for engineers and a brief on the second phase of the project.
The first site the board visited was the Proposed South station in Nairobi thereafter they proceeded to see the ongoing track laying activities along the line. In the afternoon of the same day the Board visited Simba railway station thereafter they had a stopover at Kathekani T-beam and railway manufacturing factory.
The second day of the tour started with a stopover at the Tsavo River Super bridge, they also inspected animal migration routes provided by the contractor. The Contractor also shared their workplace safety and health plans with the Board. Other areas of interest on the second day included; land acquisition and compensation which has been a sensitive issue in this project. The field visit of the Board concluded with a tour of the Mombasa West passenger station and Port Reitz SGR terminal.
Kenya Engineer joined the Board on this tour and will bring you a detailed report of the visit.