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KPA hoists sail for new Mombasa oil terminal

IOTCO :Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is set to start construction work for a new oil terminal in Mombasa. The State agency has already published a notice inviting bidders to apply for the project before April 29. KPA head of procurement and supplies Yobesh Oyaro said the project will involve the decommissioning of the existing Kipevu Oil Terminal and construction of an offshore jetty near Dongo Kundu.

KPA hoists sail for new Mombasa oil terminal
(Wednesday, April 27, 2016) 00:26

The call for bids comes when government is pushing ahead with the upgrade of the Kenya Petroleum Refineries to a storage facility in readiness for early crude oil production in June next year. The upgrade includes installation of heating elements on oil tanks to store the waxy crude oil from Turkana oil fields.

 

It will also include the repair of the railway line that serves the facility since the crude is expected to be transported from Eldoret by Rift Valley Railways. Energy ministry officials have said the refinery upgrade will take a minimum of nine months. However, it is not clear whether the oil terminal will be completed at the same time with the refinery upgrade.

 

Kenya is expected to start producing oil.

Oyaro said the proposed offloading facility will have both sub-sea and land-based pipelines connecting it to the storage facilities in Changamwe.

 

He said the project consists of an island terminal with four berths located slightly inlands capable to support five different hydrocarbon products including crude oil, heavy fuel oil and three types of white oil products.

 

The initial plan is for three berths although the layout will accommodate a fourth berth later should the need arise. The terminal, whose construction could boost the efficiency of oil-related products transportation, is expected to consist of a sub-sea pipeline corridor and associated number of pipelines which will have an element of pre-investment to accommodate the four berths.

 

Oyaro said the terminal will also have an on-shore pipeline to a designated tie-in location. Another feature of the terminal is a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) system for gathering and analysing real-time data.

 

Scada systems are used to monitor and control a plant or equipment in oil and gas refining and transportation. The system is also able to gather information including leakages on pipes and transferring the information to a central data base.

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