• Pipeline will cut through Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Meru, Garissa and Lamu counties.
• Lapsset manager says pipeline will create jobs for more than 600 youths.
Preparation to build the Lokichar-Lamu crude oil pipeline is underway.
Speaking during a meeting in Lamu town on Tuesday, Lapsset regional manager Salim Bunu said the project is expected to hire more than 600 local youth.
The 820km pipeline is a key element of the Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) project being undertaken at Kililana in Lamu West.
The pipeline, which will cut through Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Meru, Garissa and Lamu counties, will transport stabilised crude oil from the South Lokichar Basin to the Port of Lamu.
Groundworks for the pipeline will begin before the end of next year but the pipeline itself is already being built.
This week, experts working on the pipeline's Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, organised meetings with stakeholders including the county leadership and local communities to update them on the project.
The massive pipeline will be an economic game-changer, especially for the six counties through which it will pass.
“The pipeline is a sub-component of the new port that will open up Lamu to more trade and investment. The impending gain is enormous,” Bunu said.
Lamu East MP Athman Shariff said such projects will help to end successive marginalisation of Lamu for 55 years.
“We are asking the government to take our concerns as a community seriously. We want anybody who will be displaced to be dully compensated,” Shariff said.
The Lapsset Corridor Development Authority is the lead organisation responsible for the development of the corridor. The LCDA will also be responsible for the construction and operation of the pipeline.
For the pipeline construction, the government entered into a Joint Development Agreement with the Kenya Joint Venture comprising Tullow Oil Kenya, Africa Oil Kenya and Total Oil.
Edited by R.Wamochie