Mom­basa-nairobi oil pipe­line set to be launched by end of year, says En­ergy CS

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY SAM KIPLAGAT

The oil pipe­line from Mom­basa to Nairobi could be com­mis­sioned as early as Christ­mas, En­ergy Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Charles Keter has said.

A state­ment from State House said the pipe­line will ease traf­fic on the Mom­basanairobi high­way as well as sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove sup­plies and sta­bil­ity in Nairobi and Kisumu and its en­vi­rons.

“This will have a great im­pact. It will ease congestion on Mom­basa-nairobi high­way and en­sure we have very sta­ble petroleum cover,” said Mr Keter yes­ter­day.

The pipe­line, which is 97 per cent com­plete, was among is­sues dis­cussed when Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta met of­fi­cials in the en­ergy sec­tor. Pres­i­dent Keny­atta met the lead­ers, who in­cluded Mr Keter, at Haram­bee House yes­ter­day.

Other of­fi­cials present were prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries Joseph Njoroge (En­ergy) and An­drew Kamau (Petroleum), and the CEOS of trans­mis­sion firm Ke­traco, geo­ther­mal agency GDC, gen­er­a­tor Ken­gen and dis­trib­u­tor Kenya Power.

The CS also said plans to roll out low-cost liq­uid petroleum gas were at an ad­vanced stage and was also set to launched by Christ­mas.

He said this will also in­crease pen­e­tra­tion of al­ter­na­tive forms of en­ergy to char­coal and kerosene, which he said the gov­ern­ment wants to phase out in the long term.

Pres­i­dent Keny­atta was also briefed on in­fra­struc­ture around the oil fields in Turkana, in­clud­ing road re­pairs and the fix­ing of the dam­aged Kainuk bridge, added the state­ment. The bridge col­lapsed re­cently fol­low­ing heavy rains that have been pound­ing the coun­try.

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Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta dur­ing a brief­ing on the sta­tus of in­fra­struc­ture projects in the en­ergy sec­tor at Haram­bee House in Nairobi, yes­ter­day.

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