NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya said on Tuesday that construction of the 821 kilometer oil
pipeline that will run from the oil fields in Lokichar Basin in
northwest Kenya to the port of Lamu is expected to begin next
Andrew Kamau, Principal Secretary in the Ministry
of Petroleum told journalists in Nairobi that the Front End
Engineering and Design (FEED) of the pipeline as well as
environmental impact assessments are ongoing.
"We anticipate the Final Investment Decision by the
shareholders of the pipeline will be completed by the end of
2019 so that construction begins in 2020," Kamau said.
He noted that the pipeline which is expected to cost 110
billion shillings (1.1 billion U.S. dollars) will be a joint
venture between the government and the Kenya Joint Venture (KJV)-
whose shareholders are Tullow, Africa Oil and Total.
Kamau said that construction of the oil pipeline is expected
to be complete by the end of 2022 in order to pave way for first
commercial crude oil exports.
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