President Kenyatta launches construction of the Kisumu Oil Jetty

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta Yesterday launched the construction of the Kisumu Oil Jetty on the shores of Lake Victoria. The Jetty set to be completed by October this year will enable Kenya Pipeline export fuel to the wider East African region through Uganda and Tanzania.

The jetty is expected to boost throughput in Kisumu by 1 billion litres a year in phase 1 and up to 3 billion litres per year by 2028. With such volumes, the project has the potential to turn Kisumu into a focal point of oil and gas commerce in the region making it one of the busiest inland ports in Africa.

The jetty will also facilitate safe transportation of petroleum product through Lake Victoria to the neighbouring countries by removing hundreds of trucks from the road daily. This will reduce the number of accidents, fuel fires, siphonings on our roads hence saving lives and conserving our environment.

‘This project will create hundreds of new jobs for the residents of Kisumu while at the same time stimulating the economy around the lake by opening it up for use as a vital maritime transport route between Kenya, Unganda and Tanzania’ H.E President Kenyatta said.

The project will increase KPC’s competitive edge in the region as the leading oil transporter. By extension, this will also raise Kenya’s profile as a strong partner in regional and intra-Africa trade. It will also create integrated marine fuel transportation in the region making it more efficient and commercially viable and reduce transportation costs for the oil marketing companies.

During the event the President also oversaw the official launch of the Sinendet to Kisumu pipeline dubbed line 6. The new 122km 10-inch pipeline is set to increase the flow rate of fuel to Kisumu by 350,000 litres per hour and runs parallel to the existing line 3.

‘The two projects will work hand in hand to increase access to fuel in Kisumu and enable KPC leverage on the Kisumu oil Jetty to enhance petroleum product availability in the Western Kenya and the export market of Uganda, Eastern DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and Northern Tanzania.’ Energy and Petroleum Cabinet secretary Charles Keter said.

The additional product has also enhanced optimization of tank utilization in Kisumu, from 30% to 90% currently. The full tank capacity for the port town is 39 million litres. The annual demand for petroleum products in western Kenya is 1.1 billion litres whereas the regional demand stands at 3.3 billion litres. The new line has enabled KPC serve not just western Kenya region, but also the neighbouring countries.

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‘KPC continues to invest in the development of its pipeline network and has already began undertaking a feasibility study to interrogate the possibility of KPC undertaking other enterprises including; pipelines, LPG transport and storage, truck loading depots, lake vessels, jetties, storage and related businesses in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, South Sudan, Malawi, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania.’ KPC Chairman John Ngumi added.

With the operationalization of the new the Sinendet Kisumu line, Kenya Pipeline has the capacity to pump over 460,000 litres of fuel per hour into Western Kenya transforming Kisumu into the Region’s main fuel storage hub.

‘With this new line and the jetty set to be completed in October, KPC aims to recover its market share across the East African region. Before the new line 6 was in place we could not keep up with regional demand, but now we can fully utilize the storage capacity in Kisumu to export fuel via the jetty which will have an average vessel turnaround time of 3 days’ KPC Managing Director Joe Sang added.