KPC to replace Nairobi– Mombasa Pipeline

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20 Feb, 2012

Plans to replace the ageing Mombasa -Nairobi pipeline, which has been in operation since 1978 have commenced in earnest.

The Company has placed an advertisement for international tender for consultancy services for the replacement Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline.
The selected consultant will design and supervise the construction of the new pipeline. The services entail preliminary and detailed engineering design, environmental impact assessment study, tender documentation and construction supervision.

The tender is expected to close on 20th March, 2012 at 10 am after which the tenders will be opened and the name of the wining consultant will be made public.

The main objective of the project is not only to replace the aging pipeline but also to ensure sustained, reliable and efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products in the region.

The Mombasa — Nairobi pipeline system consists of a 450 kilometres, 14-inch diameter pipeline. Prior to 2008, the system’s installed flow rate was 440m3 per hour (translating to delivery of 3.85 billion litres per year). The products flow was controlled at four Pump Stations (PS) located at Changamwe, Mombasa (PS 1) through which products are received into the pipeline system, Maungu (PS 3 ), Mtito Andei (PS 5) and at Sultan Hamud (PS 7). The design of the Mombasa — Nairobi pipeline system had provision for installation of additional future Pump Stations at Samburu (PS 2), Manyani (PS 4), Makindu (PS 6), Konza(PS 8) with a capacity to increase the flow rate to up to 880m3/hr. Each of the four stations is currently run by two pumps and plans are underway to install additional pump in each.

As a result of regional economic growth and the rise in petroleum products demand, the pipeline traffic experienced a marked increase, rising from 879,776m3 in 1978 to 3,853,439m3 in the year 2007. KPC embarked on a Capacity Enhancement Project which entailed construction of four additional Pumps Stations on the Mombasa – Nairobi Pipeline System. The project which was commissioned in November 2008 is a major milestone in the enhancement of petroleum products supply in the region.

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