Kipevu oil terminal to be relocated

A ship discharging oil at the Kipevu oil terminal which is set to be relocated PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA  The government is set to relocate Kipevu Oil terminal situated in Mombasa.

This is according to the transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.

Speaking to Baraka FM in Nairobi, Macharia said that the move by the government will address the anticipated capacity constraints in holding oil products at the port.

Moreover, Kamau said that plans are at advanced stage to develop a modern oil handling facility by relocating the current Kipevu oil terminal whose location he indicated will be revealed later

“The procurement has been done, and we so we shall be going to cabinet, to seek approval for the signing that contract, “Macharia said.

He indicated that the government has invested heavily on infrastructure related including roads and the standard gauge railway to ensure easy transportation of cargo from the port of Mombasa with an aim of making it a transport hub in the region.

This comes as the government is constructing the first three berths of the Lamu port which are expected to be complete by December.

Over the first half of 2018, there has been a surge in the amount of cargo handled at the port.

Speaking during a port stakeholders meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday, Kenya Ports Authority managing director Daniel Manduku said  15.3 million tonnes of cargo had been handled over the first half of 2018 which is an increase of 358,853 tonnes in comparison to the same period last year.