Kisumu is bound to benefit immensly after completion of a shs 1.7 billion oil jetty, Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes has said.
Munyes says the facility which has been completed will open up Lake Victoria transport system and decongest roads.
Speaking in Kisumu during the tour of the project, the CS said a team from the ministry shall visit Entebbe and Jinja in Uganda where similar projects are being undertaken to determine when to start operations at the Kisumu jetty.
Even though Kisumus counterparts in Uganda have been a bit slow Munyes said he is satisfied with the work done so far in Kisumu as far as the issue of the new oil jetty is concerned.
“I’m happy to report that we are ready to start operations at this jetty in Kisumu,” Munyes says.
The Cabinet Secretary says once fully operational, the Kisumu Oil Jetty which is a Vision 2030 flagship project shall see about 470 million liters of petrol, diesel and jet fuel transported through Lake Victoria to Uganda on a daily basis.
He has assured that Safety measures have been put in place to ensure there will be no spillage at the jetty and within the lake Victoria which is the World’s second largest fresh water lake.
“This facility has been fitted with state of the art modern equipment to ensure that we go about our operations without endangering the environment,” Munyes says.
The government, he says targets to recover the Sh. 1.7 billion spent on the project from operation charges within the next three years.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) has launched investigations to unearth circumstances under which petrol at the Kisumu terminal depot was contaminated with water.