KISUMU (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) said on
Wednesday that it has completed the construction of the
17-million-U.S. dollar Kisumu oil jetty that is expected to help
the country recapture the regional fuel market share lost to
Speaking during the
technical handover ceremony in Kisumu, KPC’s Managing Director
Joe Sang said the oil jetty is expected to deliver petroleum
products to neighboring Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Eastern DRC and
parts of Tanzania.
“The introduction of
an oil jetty will transform Kisumu into the region’s petroleum
export hub. This will significantly boost Kenya’s chances of
regaining its share of the East African petroleum market with
improved fuel supply to western Kenya,” Sang added.
He said the oil
jetty is expected to create an efficient and commercially viable
integrated marine fuel transportation system for the region,
resulting in reduced transportation costs for the oil marketing
According to the KPC,
the jetty whose construction began in June 2017 is expected to
boost throughput in Kisumu by 1 billion liters a year in phase 1
and up to 3 billion liters per year by 2028.
It will improve the
reliability of fuel supply to the export market of Uganda,
Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo which in 2010
stood at 2.4 billion liters and rose to 3.5 billion liters in
Company was awarded the contract to construct the oil jetty. The
project has been completed on time and within the budget.
Sang said the
handover of the jetty marks a major milestone in the development
of KPC petroleum projects as the first major infrastructure
project awarded to a Kenyan company.
To ensure that the
new jetty is adequately supplied and can sustain the export
market, Kenya Pipeline has already completed the construction of
the new 122km Sinendet Kisumu pipeline (Line 6) which was
commissioned in July last year.
petroleum is the third largest export product after tea and cut
flowers, the country’s grip in the regional market has been
shaken by Tanzania’s central corridor which is said to have less
market entry barriers than the Kenyan route.
statistics from KPC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and
the Democratic Republic of Congo import a huge percentage of
their petroleum products using trucks from the Kenyan port of
Mombasa to the Eldoret or Kisumu depots, a route considered
expensive and inconvenient.