Sh2.8bn gas stuck in worn pipeline on water shortage

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Friday November 26 2021

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Kenya Pipeline Company [KPC] petroleum storage facility in Industrial space, Nairobi on this photo taken on January 22, 2021. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

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By EDWIN MUTAI

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Abstract

  • The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) says it has 25 million litres of automotive gas oil (AGO) assuredly called diesel within the worn 14-gallop pipeline that wants to be displaced from the Manyani space to Nairobi pump web screech 9.
  • A litre of diesel for the time being retails at Sh112.7 in Nairobi and the 25 million litres stuck within the worn pipeline translates to Sh2,817,500,000.
  • KPC wants 41,600 million cubic metres (41.6 million litres) of water to push out the 25 million litres of diesel.

Gasoline price Sh2.8 billion has remained stuck within the worn Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline for practically a 365 days attributable to insufficient water to flush out the commodity.

The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) says it has 25 million litres of automotive gas oil (AGO) assuredly called diesel within the worn 14-gallop pipeline that wants to be displaced from the Manyani space to Nairobi pump web screech 9.

A litre of diesel for the time being retails at Sh112.7 in Nairobi and the 25 million litres stuck within the worn pipeline translates to Sh2,817,500,000.

The diesel has been stuck within the 450km pipeline since December 2020 after the KPC stopped transporting petroleum merchandise thru the 40-365 days-worn pipeline assuredly called Line 1.

The KPC stopped transporting gas thru Line 1 following the commissioning of the recent 20-gallop, Sh48 billion Line 5 pipeline, that for the time being pumps 1,000,000 litres of petroleum merchandise per hour from its Kipevu Oil Terminal’s pump web screech 14 to Nairobi’s Embakasi pump web screech 9 (PS9).

“We were bettering oil merchandise from the worn Line 1 and basically the most fine possibility has been to use soft water to displace the product from Mombasa to Nairobi,” Martin Wanyama, the KPC operations manager acknowledged.

Mr Wanyama acknowledged KPC wants 41,600 million cubic metres (41.6 million litres) of water to push out the 25 million litres of diesel.

The oil marketer acknowledged it has taken six months to glean 15 million cubic metres of soppy water which helped it push out the merchandise by 171km from Mombasa to Manyani.

Mr Wanyama acknowledged the Line 1 ability required 41.6 million litres of soppy water however KPC has most fine managed to glean 15 million litres over a six-month duration to push out 15 million litres of Jet A-1 which is always kerosene.

“The balance of 25 million litres of diesel which is stuck from the Ndii space of Manyani to Nairobi belongs to oil entrepreneurs. We would favor 25 million litres of water to evacuate the product sooner than we decommission and increase the worn 14 gallop p1peline,” he acknowledged all over a media tour of the 450 kilometer pipeline.

He acknowledged the company has entered steady into a take care of Mombasa Water and Waft Water Products and services board to tap water in Manyani from a pipeline that delivers the commodity to Mombasa from Mzima Springs.

“We dangle agreed to tap into the water pipeline at Ndii Assert or 171km that can presumably presumably abet us push out the stuck diesel for a distance of about 279km to Nairobi,” Mr Wanyama acknowledged.

In return, Mr Wanyama acknowledged KPC will scamper away intact the 171 km of the 14-gallop pipeline from Ndii space of Manyani to Mombasa to be used to transport water thru gravity serve to Mombasa from Mzima Springs, which is five to 10 kilometers from Ndii.

“That is fraction of our neighborhood social duty (CSR) following the agreement that has allowed us to tap into their Mzima 1 water pipeline,” he acknowledged.

The KPC is for the time being laying pipelines to join Mzima Springs water pipeline to the worn oil pipeline, a distance of about 200 metres.

Mr Wanyama acknowledged once the oil merchandise are cleared out of Line 1, KPC will commence the strategy of bettering the remaining 279 kilometers of pipeline that can presumably presumably successfully be supplied as scrap metals.

The KPC is also fascinated by inserting in a 2d 20-gallop pipeline where Line 1 is recovered from.

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