Sh48 billion new pipeline to be commissioned next month
SEE ALSO :Amaco got plum KPC deal without biddingA new firefighting system, along with other energy efficient equipment and pipeline monitoring technologies, have been installed to introduce efficiency and safety in fuel supply logistics in Kenya and the region. In a statement, KPC Managing Director Joe Sang said on Friday the Line Five pipeline project, which is also the country’s second largest infrastructural undertaking after the Standard Gauge Railway, was a game changer for the country, as it would boost regional competitiveness. “Kenya had over time lost its competitive advantage and market share in the region due to the time taken to deliver products by road and the capacity of the old pipeline, which kept breaking down. In effect, the project will also lower the cost of road maintenance by eliminating over 700 trucks from the road daily at maximum utilisation,” said Mr Sang. On Friday, the parliamentary Public Investment Committee toured the Vision 2030 flagship project and announced that those behind its delays would face sanctions. Committee chairman Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir said the team was satisfied with the project and was looking forward to its commissioning. “I want to announce to the country that in 10 days’ time, product from Line Five will be in Nairobi. This is a big achievement for the people of Kenya,” said Mr Nassir.
SEE ALSO :Queries as Sh48b pipe spills dieselLine Five was set to be operationalised following the completion of hydro-testing, station mechanical, electrical and communication works. The company is in the process of replacing the existing 40-year-old Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline, whose flow rate is about 750,000 litres per hour and can therefore not meet national and regional demand for fuel.