Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) is planning to build a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and handling facility at Changamwe, Mombasa County. The 30,000-tonne facility will be supplied with LPG from the Kipevu Oil Terminal Jetty.

R&E Modern Technologies and Petrochem Engineering Services from Pakistan are consultants for the project.

KPC said in a report filed with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) that the estimated cost of the project is Sh17.7 billion (US$129 million).

The price of imported LPG, which is used as a cooking fuel, has increased by 30% in the past few years because of the depreciating local currency and rising demand. This project and other investments to boost domestic storage capacity are intended to help bring down prices.

Earlier this year, Eleven Energy also sought NEMA’s approval to set up a gas storage facility in Mombasa's Kipevu area.

Meanwhile, construction began in February on a US$130.5 million LPG re-filling plant and a 30,000-tonne storage facility at the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone in Kenya. Tanzania-based LPG distributor Taifa Gas is building the plant to supply LPG to Tanzania and Kenya.

Kenya's government aims to achieve universal access to clean cooking fuels by 2030.  

The country currently imports about 40% of its LPG from Tanzania via the Namanga and Holili border posts and through the Port of Mombasa.

Photo: LPG Plant (© Oleksii Bilyk | Dreamstime)

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