Kenyan oil pipeline nears completion to bolster regional distribution

Kenya is set to complete the construction of a new oil pipeline running from the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi by this month (December), the office of the President said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed the progress in the construction of the pipeline during a meeting with his Energy minister Charles Keter, according to a report released by the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU).

Keter told the President that the new 20-inch 450-km oil pipeline from Mombasa to Nairobi was 97% complete. He said the project could be commissioned this month.

“The pipeline will ease traffic on the Mombasa-Nairobi road, as well as significantly improve supplies and stability in Nairobi and Kisumu and their environs. It will ease congestion on Mombasa-Nairobi highway and ensure we have very stable petroleum cover,” Keter said.

Kenyan government officials anticipate improved oil transport infrastructure development will ease movement of oil from Mombasa to the entire Great Lakes region.

Kenya exports petroleum products to Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. The three countries mostly obtain their oil supplies from Mombasa by trucks due to the low pumping capacity of the pipeline.

The new line will replace the current 38-year-old line, which has the capacity to pump 440,000 litres an hour on its 14” diameter.

The new line would have capacity to pump at least 1 million litres per hour, which would replace nearly 700 trucks off the highway.