by David Musyoka
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Pipeline
Company (KPC) said Thursday that the improved petroleum pipeline
designed to improve supply of fuel to the hinterlands and
regional export destinations is scheduled for completion by end
KPC’s Managing Director Joe Sang said the
contractor, Zakhem International, had begun installation of the
eight mainline pumps that have arrived in the country, adding
that the line’s four stations would have two mainline pumps
"The new line once completed will adequately serve the
country’s demand which is projected to be 6.8 billion litres in
2020," said Sang in a statement.
"He said the project will be ready for commissioning by June.
Sang said the new line would enhance KPC’s pipeline
devolution plan into the counties by increasing product
availability in Nairobi that will feed into spur lines into
Western Kenya, Central Kenya, Rift Valley and South Nyanza
The new pipeline will also improve the reliability of fuel
supply to the export market of Uganda, Rwanda and eastern
Democratic Republic of the Congo.
With a flow rate of 1 million liters per hour, the line will
remove an average of about 700 trucks from the road daily at
"This will enhance safety because pipeline transportation of
fuel is the safest and most cost effective way of transporting
petroleum products the world over.
There will therefore be no tanker accidents, fuel fires,
siphoning on our roads hence saving lives and conserving our
environment," said Sang.
KPC is replacing the existing Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline that
has been in operation for 38 years.
A Vision 2030 flagship project, the construction of the
450-km pipeline will ensure sustained, reliable and efficient
transportation of petroleum products in the region and meet
demand in the next 30 years.
The pipeline will have an installed flow rate of 1 million
liters per hour in phase one.