The new Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT) located at the Port of Mombasa is expected to be operationalized by April 2022. The project which commenced in February 2019 is currently 96% complete.
The facility has four berths and will for starters be able to accommodate three ships concurrently with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes each. This compared to the current KOT, a single jetty with a capacity to accommodate only one vessel at any given time.
The new Kipevu Oil Terminal will have numerous benefits to the economies of the region including a reduced vessel turn-around time from 4 to 2 days, guaranteed security of supply and significant reduction in demurrage costs among others.
The terminal will effectively replace the old Kipevu Oil Terminal situated on the mainland Port Reitz, which was built in 1963 to serve the then East Africa Oil Refinery (EAOR) which later became the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited (KPRL).