Kenya’s New Oil Pipeline Projected for Completion by End of April

Kenya’s new oil pipeline has been projected to be complete by end of April this year.

According to Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) Managing Director, the contractor, Zakhem International, is working on final bits, installation of the eight mainline pumps that have arrived in the country.

The KPC boss also noted that pipeline’s four stations would have two mainline pumps each.

Once complete, the new line expected to adequately serve the country’s demand with a projected supply of 6.8 billion litres in 2020.

The new pipeline project will be ready for commissioning by June 2017.

The pipeline will improve reliability into the counties by increasing product availability and volume in Nairobi. From Nairobi, spur lines will be fed into Western Kenya, Central Kenya, Rift Valley and South Nyanza regions.

Also 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 approximated flow rate of 1 million liters per hour, the new line will remove an average of about 700 oil trucks from the road daily at maximum utilization thus improving efficiency.

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