December 2, 2015 [The Star] - Construction of a new oil terminal in Mombasa will commence next year to pave way for relocation of the Kipevu terminal, Kenya Ports Authority managing director Gichiri Ndua has said.
Preliminary designs on the planned relocation have been finalised with the tendering process expected to kick off early next year.
According to Ndua, KPA is set to move the 50-year old Kipevu terminal to a new site on the southern side of the port, opposite the current container terminal.
The relocation is expected to cost $120 million (Sh12.3 billion) with the preliminary design costing $1.7 million (Sh173.7 million).
“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.
Danish consultancy firm Niras is overseeing the relocation of the oil terminal, which will expand the country’s petroleum handling and storage capacity by almost 400 per cent, including loading facilities.