East African nations seek consultant for crude oil pipeline

June 25, 2014

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have invited bids for a single consultant to oversee a feasibility study and initial design for the construction of a 1,300-kilometre (808-mile) oil pipeline to transport crude to the Kenyan coast.

Uganda and Kenya have discovered commercial quantities of oil and plan to start production in the next three years or so.

Kenya's Ministry of Energy and Petroleum said in addition to the pipeline, the consultant would be required to oversee the construction of a fibre optic cable from Hoima in Uganda through the Lokichar basin in northwest Kenya to Lamu, and tank terminals in Hoima, Lokichar and Lamu.

It said in an advertisement published in Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper that will also involve the construction of a 9-km pipeline from the Lamu tank terminal to an offshore mooring buoys.

“The pipeline is to be developed as a single project but split into two lots namely Hoima to the Uganda/Kenya border and from the border to Lamu,” the ministry said, adding that interested companies and consortia had until July 25 to submit proposals.

Copyright, Reuters, 2014.