Mombasa-Nairobi Petroleum Products Pipeline

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Mombasa-Nairobi Petroleum Products Pipeline is an existing petroleum products pipeline, running from Mombasa to Nairobi within Kenya. It is being replaced by a new pipeline, currently under construction.


The pipeline runs from Mombasa in Mombasa County, Kenya, to Nairobi in Nairobi County, Kenya.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Government of Kenya
  • Current capacity: 125,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 450 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1978, 2018

Existing Pipeline Background

The existing Mombasa-Nairobi Petroleum Products Pipeline was commissioned in 1978. It is a 14-inch, 450-kilometer pipeline that can carry 125,000 barrels per day. It is owned by the Kenya Pipeline Company, which is owned by the Government of Kenya.[1]

Replacement Pipeline Location

The replacement pipeline will run along the same route as the original pipeline, from Mombasa in Mombasa County, Kenya, to Nairobi in Nairobi County, Kenya.

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Replacement Project Details

  • Owner: Government of Kenya
  • Proposed capacity: 287,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 0 new kilometers
  • Status: Construction
  • Start Year: 2023

Replacement Pipeline Background

KPC is currently building a new, 20-inch pipeline to replace the existing line. The new pipeline would be able to carry 287,000 barrels per day by 2023. The pipeline cost is $500 million.[1]

In July 2014, the construction contract was awarded to Lebanese firm Zakhem International.[2] Construction has been subject to repeated delays, as well as repeated cost overruns; completion was pushed back to April 2017, then to the end of 2017, then to April 2018, and finally again to July 2018.[3][4][5][6][7]

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