Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda to build 784km oil pipeline

The new pipeline will be an extension of the existing western Kenya pipeline
The new pipeline will be an extension of the existing western Kenya pipeline. PHOTO/FILE
Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have invited bids to construct a 784km pipeline that will transport refined oil products from the western Kenya town of Eldoret to regional markets.

The multi-billion shilling project involves extending the existing Mombasa-Eldoret pipeline from Eldoret town to Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda). The extension will help serve markets in South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi and Tanzania.

Petroleum products are currently shipped by road – a painfully slow and unreliable method owing to poor roads and breakdown of trucks.

“The new pipeline will be an extension of the existing western Kenya pipeline system at Eldoret, which is owned and operated by the Kenya Pipeline Company,” a joint commission coordinating the project said in a tender notice published in the Standard newspaper on Wednesday.

The tender notice did not provide the cost, but the proposed pipeline between Eldoret and Kampala has previously been estimated at Sh26 billion ($300 million).

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The extension would be built in two phases, comprising a 350-km stretch between Eldoret and Kampala and a 434-km pipeline that would link the Ugandan capital to Kigali. The project will also involve construction of storage terminals in Kampala, Mbarara and Kigali.

The notice said expressions of interest should be submitted by September 30.

In June this year, the three East African states invited bids for a consultant to oversee a feasibility study and initial design for a 1,300-kilometre oil export pipeline to Mombasa.

The Kenya Pipeline Company on Wednesday also invited bids for the construction a 122km pipeline between Kisumu and Sinendet in Nandi to meet an increased demand of oil products in western Kenya.

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