By Judith Akolo
The government has embarked on the upgrade of the 297-kilometer, Eldoret – Kitale – Lokichar – Amosing road that would be used for transportation of crude oil from Lokichar to Eldoret and onwards to Mombasa.
The 3.1 billion shillings project is being constructed by seven contractors to ensure it is completed in time. Tullow Oil plans to start crude oil production in March next year.
The government, in collaboration with Tullow Oil, Africa Oil, and Maersk Oil have been working on the Early Oil Pilot Scheme for production of crude oil from five wells, with phase one targeting 2,000 barrels per day.
The crude oil is then expected to be transported from Turkana to Eldoret by road in insulated containers then onward to Mombasa using rail transport.
However, the link between the oil field and Eldoret is in a deplorable state. It is based on this that the Kenya Highways Authority has awarded tenders for upgrade of the 297-kilometer, Eldoret – Kitale – Lokichar – Amosing road.
The rehabilitation has been subdivided into lots. Lot 1, 60 kilometer Leseru to Kitale road to be constructed at 329 million shillings will be completed in June next year.
Lot 2, 64.5 kilometer Kitale to Morpus road to be constructed at 424 million shillings will be completed in June 2018.
The rest to be completed in June 2018 are Lot 3, 32 kilometers road from Morpus to Marich Pass, Lot 4 is the 40 kilometers Marich Pass to Kainuk’s KWS Gate, Lot 5 is 36.5 kilometer, Kainuk’s KWS Gate to Kalemongorok road, Lot 6, Kalemongorok to Lokichar road covers 33 kilometers.
The last bit of 30 kilometers, the Lokichar to Amosing road will be completed in June next year. It is expected that the crude oil will be transported from Lokichar to Eldoret by road, then will be transferred onto rail to Nairobi and then on to the Standard Gauge Railway to Mombasa.
The government also intends to rehabilitate the Lokichar to Nadapal road under the South Sudan link road.
It has been subdivided into three sections; the 88 kilometers Nadapal to Kalobeiyei River, the 80 Kilometers Kalobeiyei River to Lokitaung and another 80 kilometers Lokitaung to Lodwar junction.