Ministry rules out refining crude oil in Mombasa ahead of exports

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Fred Aminga @faminga

The government has reiterated of which of which does not plan to use the Kenya Petroleum Refinery Limited (KPRL) facility in Changamwe to refine oil as well as also will instead set up a brand new one in Lamu.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter told the Parliamentary Committee on energy yesterday of which the dilapidated facility, which can be currently fully owned by the government, has been converted into a storage space for the early oil exploration programme.

The oil which can be set to be evacuated via the oil fields as well as also exported for testing as well as also sampling will first be stored within the KPRL facility in Changamwe.

“We can’t build a refinery in Mombasa currently, we have to focus on Lamu,” he told the committee at Parliament Buildings. The KPRL facility has 45 tanks which has a storage capacity of 484 million litres.

The announcement by the Energy CS echoes Ministry of Industry, Trade as well as also Co-operatives Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed who had earlier said reviving the KPRL facility for refining purposes will be counterproductive since of which was unable to sustain its operations.

Mohamed, however, warned of which construction of a brand new facility will depend on how crude oil produced via Turkana oil fields can be evacuated.

The CS was responding to departmental committee on Trade, Industry as well as also Co-operatives which had asked him to explain plans of reviving dead companies such as the Changamwe’s KPRL, Nzoia Sugar as well as also the Webuye Pan paper company.

Once the brand new refinery can be set up in Lamu, trucks transporting crude oil will cover a distance of over 1,000 kilometres via the remote Turkana fields to the Coast for refining as well as also exportation.

More convenient Total’s recent pledge to work with Kenya to set up an oil pipeline between Lokichar as well as also Lamu could, however, be a faster as well as also more convenient alternative for transporting crude oil.

Petroleum can be Kenya’s single biggest import commodity, creating up about 14 per cent of the total import bill. Keter also gave the energy committee a raft of measures which his ministry has put in place to avoid power outages in future.

He said he had completed as well as also will commission the Suswa-Athi River Embakasi 220kV line which will provide an alternative path for the flow of power via Olkaria to Nairobi.

Kenya Power can be also set to complete a second 220kV transformer at Olkaria in six months’ time. During of which time, however, routine line inspection on the 220kV lin will be going on at least twice a month.

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Ministry rules out refining crude oil in Mombasa ahead of exports

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