Inventory of major construction projects in Kenya

Work on the Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline – a Vision 2030 flagship project – started in July 2014. PHOTO/FILE
Work on the Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline – a Vision 2030 flagship project. PHOTO/FILE
The inventory of major construction projects in Kenya is produced by Construction Business Review to assist firms in identifying potential opportunities.

This resource lists projects in Kenya valued at Sh35 billion or more that are planned, under-way or have recently been published.

Project data is gathered from public information sources.

While efforts have been made to made to obtain the most recent information, users of this resource should know that projects are constantly being re-evaluated by the owners.

Some of the major projects in the country include:-

1.) LAPSSET – The Sh2 trillion Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project is hoped to trigger economic activities and more than double Kenya’s GDP.

Its significant components include the Lamu port, Lamu-Ethiopia-South Sudan superhighway, Lamu-Juba-Addis Ababa railway line, an oil refinery and a 2,240 km oil pipeline connecting oil fields in South Sudan to the refinery at the Lamu Port.

It also includes construction of three resort cities at Lamu, Isiolo and Lokichoggio, construction of airports in the resort cities and development of associated infrastructure such as a 1,100MW power line and a 185 km water supply line.

2.) Standard gauge railway – Construction of the Mombasa-Malaba standard gauge railway was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 28, 2013.

Phase one of the project has kicked off and will involve construction of a 472km railway line from Mombasa to Nairobi at an estimated cost of Sh327 billion. The project is set for completion in 2017.

3.) Greenfield Terminal – The Sh55.6 billion terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi is expected to give the airport an extra handling capacity of 20 million passengers annually. On completion in 2017, the terminal will boost JKIA’s status as a hub of international repute.

4.) Dongo Kundu Free Port – In partnership with Jica, the government seeks to establish a 24-hour port operated on the lines of the Dubai Free Port concept. The project that also includes construction of a 16km bypass and bridge to open up the south coast is currently underway.

5.) Konza Technology City – The Sh900 billion project has been identified as one of the key drivers of the achievement of Vision 2030. The technology park will be built on a 64 square-mile stretch covering about 5,000 acres of land in Machakos County.

6.) Kenya Railways Golf Cities – The Kenya Railways is seeking for investors to develop 320 acres surrounding the railway stations in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

The state agency plans to build office blocks, shopping malls, hotels, parking bays and a manufacturing park on the massive land that is currently sitting idle. The project is estimated to cost Sh256 billion.

7.) Nairobi Public Transport System – Kenya is putting in place a Sh35 billion modern public transport system in effort to bring order in the chaotic Nairobi public transport.

The project, which is jointly funded by the World Bank (Sh25.2 billion) and the Kenyan government (Sh9.8 billion), is scheduled to begin this year and will include the expansion of Uhuru Highway and establishment of a rapid bus transit and commuter rail system.

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