Lamu port first terminal to be ready by June

Written By: Nicholas Nduati


Construction of the first three out of the 32 berths at the lamu port which is part of the LAPSSET corridor is 40 percent complete with the first terminal set to be ready for operation by June next year.

At the same time, funding through a consortium of South African investors has been signed for the construction of the 532 kilometers road from Lamu via Isiolo to Moyale that will eventually link the corridor to Ethiopia.

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Construction works at the LAPSSET corridor are going on in earnest with among others dredging of the sea at Lamu Port up to 18 meters deep already done.

This has made Lamu Port the deepest in East Africa. According to LAPSSET CEO Sylvester Kasuku, on-going works entails reclamation of land which will form the container terminal, construction of the first three berths, piling, decking and the construction of the 1.2 kilometers course-way.

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With construction of the first three berths now 40 percent complete and the first one set to start operations by June next year, Kasuku notes the Lamu Port will accommodate cargo ships that are 400 meters long.

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 Other projects which will come in line with the LAPSSET project apart from roads include a railway line, an International Airport, and a crude oil pipeline.

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As such, funding through a consortium of South African investors has been signed for construction of the 532-kilometer road between Lamu and Moyale via Isiolo that will be connected to Ethiopia.

Currently, construction of another 360 kilometers of road between Lokichar to the South Sudan border is underway. This is expected to open up the northern transport corridor as a growth frontier.



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