Construction for pipeline linking Kenya with Uganda to start next year

Jul 09, 2001 02:00 AM

Construction work for an oil pipeline linking Eldoret in Western Kenya with Kampala, capital of Uganda, is expected to start in July next year and to be completed by the end of 2004. The 320 km long pipeline, estimated to cost $ 80 mm, will cut down the costs of importing petroleum products to Uganda and save the country's road from wear and tear by the oil trucks, in addition to prevention of air pollution.

Three international companies had submitted their bids for the construction, and Kenyan and Ugandan officials are due to choose the consultant who will conduct the final feasibility study on the pipeline. Kabagambe Kaliisa, the Ugandan Permanent Secretary for Energy and Minerals was quoted as saying that it would take officials a month to evaluate the technical proposals submitted by the consultants.
Kaliisa led a delegation to Nairobi for talks with their Kenyan colleagues to discuss the project. "We have the money. As soon as we select the consultants, work will start," he said. The Kenyan government is providing the funding as part of the project costs which will be recovered once a core private sector investor comes on board.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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