Construction of the first 3 berths in Lamu is expected to be complete in the next two years. The delayed project is a KES160.8 billion investment, which is so far two per cent complete. Most of the work done has been on site preparation. The contractor of the project is China Road and Bridge Corporation.
Building of the port has faced certain hurdles such as opposition from the locals due to lack of being involved in implementing the project, slow funding process from Treasury and delays in paying the Chinese contractor has contributed a snag to the project since 2013.
Detailed engineering design for the first 3 berths and associated infrastructure is already done. The Port of Lamu as a second port in Kenya will have considerable impact on the Kenyan economy as well as the regional economy of the Eastern, Horn of Africa and beyond.
It will expand import and export cargo base including the new hinterlands of northern Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia and reduce over-reliance on one Port (Mombasa Port) and one Transport Corridor (The Northern Transport Corridor).
Private sector is the biggest benefactor as they will participate in port operations and also invest in the rest of the 29 berths. The berths are 32 in total.
Recently, the second Mombasa Container Terminal of the first phase was successfully handed over to KPA by the Japanese contractor, TOYO. This phase consists of berths No.20 and 21 measuring 250m and 300m respectively and a small berth. Moreover, it involved procurement of two Ship to Shore gantries and four Rubber Tyred Gantries, and construction of a container stacking yard on a 35 acre reclaimed area. Further, the construction of SGR has touched the Port of Mombasa at its newly constructed second Container Terminal.