China Communication Construction Company is expected to complete the dredging works of Kenya’s Kipevu oil terminal located at the port of Mombasa by end of 2019, an official said on Saturday.
Josiah Ojowi, senior marine pilot at Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), said that once the dredging is completed, construction of the modern oil terminal berth will commence and is expected to be finished in three years.
“The Kipevu oil terminal will be a game changer for Kenya and the region because it will be able to accommodate three oil vessels of up to 80,000 metric tons each at the same time,” Ojowi said.
He said that dredging is required as the terminal is shallow at only five meters deep which is not sufficient to handle larger vessels.
“Our aim is to ensure the depth reaches 16 meters so that modern vessels can discharge and load cargo from the port of Mombasa,” said Ojowi.
According to KPA, up to six countries in east and central Africa depend on Kenya’s main seaport for the importation of petroleum products.
“We anticipate that with the completion of the Kipevu oil terminal, Kenya will cement itself as a regional marine transport hub in Africa,” said Ojowi.
He said that Kenya currently relies on two oil terminals at the port of Mombasa for imports and exports of oil products which are expected to be replaced by the Kipevu oil terminal. Enditem