The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) says the construction of a new oil terminal in Mombasa will start 2016 in a bid to give way for the relocation of the old Kipevu terminal and help in the expansion of the country’s petroleum handling and storage capacity by about 400% including loading facilities.
The relocation of the oil terminal will be overseen by a Danish consultancy firm, NIRAS.
Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Gichiri Ndua said that planned relocation had been finalized on and that the tendering process is projected to commence early next year.
The old Kipevu terminal which is 50 years now will be moved to a new location on the Southern side of the port and the relocation process will cost US$ 120m with the preliminary design costing US$ 1.7m.
“A new modern Oil Terminal to replace the current Kipevu Oil Terminal will be built at a newly identified site within the harbor. We have finalized the preliminary designs and the geo-technical investigations will be ready by New Year,” Ndua said.
A multidisciplinary consultancy company with over 1400 employees NIRAS is an international firm located in offices in Europe, Asia and Africa. Their business is to provide impartial consultancy in a variety of fields such as construction and infrastructure, public utilities, environmental and natural resources, climate change and energy, planning, and development consulting.