The Sinendet-Kisumu oil pipeline is waiting commissioning by President Kenyatta after Kenya Pipeline Company announced that its construction is complete. Its completion will solve perennial petroleum product unavailability experienced in the Western region. The 112 kilometer, 10-inch pipeline runs parallel to the previous 6-inch pipeline.
The project is part of the State agency plan to revamp the entire pipeline infrastructure in the country. The Eldoret-Kisumu line will be laid with a fibre optic cable whilst the Mombasa-Nairobi line will be replaced.
Addressing the press in Kisumu, Company Corporate Communications Manager, Jason Nyantino said “It is going to improve supply in Kisumu because in the past we’ve been having a pipeline which is six inches for the last two decades or so and Kisumu because of the small pipeline never had enough product.”
Nyantino said the expansion would improve the fuel supply to the region where the demand is high. “The demand for this region which is about 12 counties in Western Kenya is about 1.1 billion litres annually so this pipeline is going to enable us serve that market.”
Nyantino said the development would also serve other parts of the East African region who consume Kenya’s petroleum.
“Sixty per cent of product in Kisumu actually goes to neighbouring countries. Only 40 per cent is consumed in Kenya. So you see this town is a very strategic town in terms of serving the region and we are talking about raising Kenya’s profile in the East African space. We’re going to be able to utilize Lake Victoria to transport product from Kisumu using a jetty. We’re going to invest in an oil jetty in the next one year or two. This Kisumu will never be the same.”
KPC will be able to take the product to Mwanza, Entebbe, Jinja, Kampala, over water.