Construction of the new Kipevu Oil Terminal in Kenya is 63.2% complete according to Kenya Ports Authority acting managing director, engineer Rashid Salim.
The new terminal has a timeline of 30 months and it is expected to be ready by August 2021. Upon completion it is expected to have the capacity to handle four vessels of up to 100,000 tonnes and will have a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) line that is expected to help stabilise cooking gas supply in the country.
Salim said the works (which began in February 2019), were slightly slowed down when COVID-19 struck the country in March: “We experienced some delays, however we are now back on track and we expect to finish the construction works within the period that was set,” he said.
The new Kipevu Oil Terminal is being constructed directly opposite the second container terminal at the port of Mombasa near Dongo Kundu. It will replace the current 50-year-old terminal that currently stands there. It is being funded by KPA at a cost of $385m and built by the China Communications Construction Company.
It will have both subsea and land-based pipelines connecting it to the storage facilities in Kipevu, and the capacity to handle five different fuel products. These include crude oil, heavy fuel oil and three types of white oil products (DPK-aviation fuel, AGO-Diesel and PMS-Petrol).
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