The Oil industry in Kenya is showing huge interest in the new Kipevu Oil Terminal which is expected to be ready for trials by the end of March 2022. A few weeks ago, the Nisomar team got a chance to tour this state-of-the-art facility (courtesy of KPA) which is set to be the largest oil terminal in Africa, and we can affirm that it superseded our expectations.
Compared to the current Kipevu Oil Terminal which can only accommodate 1 ship, the new facility will be able to handle 3 ships at a go and therefore reducing waiting time for vessels to come alongside and thus the turn-around time from 4 days to 2 days. This will save Oil traders significant demurrage costs (which can be anything between $18,000 - $25,000 per day) ultimately leading to a reduction in fuel prices which will benefit the industry and all Kenyans.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NEW / OLD KOT FLOW RATE
The NEW KOT discharge pipeline flow rate:
32-Inch DPK Line 4800/2400 m3/hr
36-Inch AGO Line 4500/2300 m3/hr
32-Inch PMS Line 5000/2400 m3/hr
24-Inch LPG Line 2500 m3/hr
32-Inch Dual Line CO 5400/3000 m3/hr & HFO 4000/2000 m3/hr
The OLD KOT discharge pipeline flow rates:
12-Inch PMS Line 1300-1700 m3/hr
16-Inch AGO Line 1800-2500 m3/hr
12-inch DPK line 900-1100 m3/hr
24-inch Crude Oil line – 4500 m3/hr
*Sourced from the KPC website