The government of Kenya recently executed the rehabilitation of its 240-kilometre railway system. The Nairobi-Nanyuki railway will facilitate the transportation of fuel at low cost thereby reciprocally cutting the price of fuel.
Petroleum Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau, on Wednesday highlighted that the railway will be commissioned soon.
“As government we are very excited that with funds that came from KPC, Kenya Railways has been able to execute this project within a few months and we look forward to its commissioning very soon,” said Kamau.
The rehabilitation program is said to have costed Sh1.8 billion, currently a company has registered intention to utilize the railways as soon as the railway is commissioned.
“I am happy that we already have an anchor client for this rehabilitated line in the name of Vivo Energy Kenya who are ready to utilize the line by ferrying fuel from Nairobi to Nanyuki for easy access to consumers in several counties in this region,” added Kamau.
Government transport official Solomon Kitungu noted that the railway will not only facilitate the reduction of prices in fuel but will also facilitate affordable and safe transportation of citizen and will further benefit other neighboring nations.
“I congratulate Kenya Railways for the speedy completion of this project because the economic benefits of this refurbished line especially in agriculture will go beyond the Mount Kenya region to other neighbouring counties. There will also be less accidents on our roads hence saving on lives,” highlighted Kitungu.
Governor Ndiritu Muriithi further stressed that the rail project will play a major role in the transportation of regional trade, as Kenya will be able to export its agricultural products while Nanyki is poised to become a logistic hub.
“This line will not only enable us import critical products such as fuel and farm inputs, but it will also improve our capacity to export our homegrown agricultural products to intended markets on time and in an efficient way,” said Muriithi
“With this line, I see Nanyuki becoming a natural logistics hub for more than 10 counties in this region. Besides the line easing our logistics in the way we conduct our business, there is bound to be significant growth for Nanyuki,” added Muriithi.
Government Relations Manager of Vivo Energy Kenya, Genesio Mugo, said they are aimed at transporting more than 15 million liters of fuel every month from Nairobi to their depot in Nanyuki.
“Our Nanyuki depot has a capacity of about 12 million litres and ferrying fuel via the railway will bridge the supply gap as only five million litres capacity was being utilised,” said Mugo,
“Kenya Railways, and by extension government, has made it possible for us to remove over 300 trucks of fuel from our roads every month hence saving on our roads,” Mugo said.
When the railway is fully utilized an estimated Sh370 million will be generated
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC NEWS Correspondent