Jubilee Development - Lamu port construction update

This $400 million, Kshs 40 billion project is fully funded by Treasury. Its a three berth wide and deep port. It will handle container and general cargo. Its primary objective is to create a second transport, economic and trade corridor in the country. It incorporates the Lamu SEZ that will be built by PPP on completion of the port. All other counties in the north can now allocate land for their own SEZ. Its secondary purpose is to be the gateway to south Ethiopia since it will be shorter to use Lamu port than Djibouti, Somaliland and Asmara port. There are two roads that will be used to evacuate cargo from Lamu port. The Kshs 10 billion south road from Lamu to Wote to Garsen in Tana River that is currently being tarmacked and from Garsen it connect to Malindi onwards. The northern route has two routes. Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo Kshs 60 billion PPP project. Funded by development bank of South Africa. It will be a tolled road so that investor can recoup investment, profit after they build and maintain the road. The last road is a mixture of annuity and self funded road by our Treasure. That’s Garissa-Wajir-Mandera road which is basically the last remaining unpaved highway road in north Kenya. Treasury through KERRA is going 120kms and the rest is done by annuity road project by KeNHA. Its will connect Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties by tarmacked road. All these roads means the port will connect locally and up to the border points of Somali, Ethiopia and South Sudan. The last link between Isiolo-Samburu-Turkana road is been evaluated.
The port depth has all been increased to 17.5 meters which means mega ships can dock here.
The first berth is nearing completion as the dreancher fill up the container terminal area with sand which is been compacted before concrete can be poured to complete it.
CCCC the Chinese builder completed a similar project in China that is been incorporated here. The first 3 modern berths will more than sufficient for the start up. Once completed in 2020, the remaining 32 berths will be built progressively in 10-15 years by PPP. The 2nd phase in 2020 is 3 more berths on either side making it 6 berths built by PPP. Also the winning bidder for our oil production will get a reserve land allocation for a three oil berth which they with develop at their own cost.


All piles and pipes production for the port construction has been completed for Phase 1.
The staff housing for security services and dock workers is also ongoing.

ngojea waje waanze kuulizia viability because - the northern Kenya is a wasteland with no industry, al-shabaab threats etc…

Infrastructure projects don’t follow that mantra. Even before Kilindini port was built in Mombasa their was nothing in the interior to talk about. The lunatic express got its name in the colonial uk parliament as they wondered the logic of building it through the country and face hostile communities. You build the infrastructure first and the business will come. Here the first major investment is 20000 acres of Lamu SEZ awaiting award to an investor. Ethiopia has already booked land for its dry dock to serve south Ethiopia. They are both awaiting NLC to completed lappset land corridor acquisition.

Will the new found peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea allowing the former to use the latter’s port for the first time in many years affect the Lamu port?

No. Asmara, Port of Sudan, Djibouti and Somaliland ports are either supplying north of Ethiopia up to Addis currently or in the future. Lamu port is targeting South of Ethiopia especially Oromia region. Besides its Ethiopia government aim not to depend on any port fully as it will be an economic and security risk. They would rather have all ports around it as an option then let market forces dictate where its cheaper and faster to get goods. All the north ports are in the red sea region we are the only one on the Indian ocean connecting to Asia shipping routes. We will have a comparative advantage from good coming from Asia to Ethiopia but they will have an advantage of goods going/coming to Ethiopia from Europe. Lastly the atmospheric temperature in Djibouti, Port Sudan, Somaliland port and Asmara port are very high, 40°C, that makes importing chemicals through those ports to be more expensive as they have to be placed in refrigerated containers. Lamu port average temperature is 35°C because of the mangroves and Boni forest which cools the region. All chemical.imports through the port don’t need refrigeration. That said lamu port and lappset is primarily for the development of North Kenya first then neighboring countries as secondary aim.

Yeah. Kuna kitu inaitwa “Build and they will come”. Infrastructure doesn’t have to follow business, with big infrastructure it is sometime wise to let the business follow the infrastructure, the pull factor

This project is so cool. @spear what is the progress of the coal plant?

The 1st phase of land acquisition is complete and the plant land is secured. More land is needed for auxiliary functions like storage, security and utilities such as the 400 KVA substation. That second phase land acquisition is pending. On first phase land owners were paid for the land. Second phase they introduced a self defeating strategy of land swap which has been rejected. This plant will power the whole of North Kenya needs from infrastructure, industrial and domestic use.

Amu coal plant in Lamu

Meanwhile General Electric has joined Amu power by spending Kshs 40 billion to acquire a stake. This makes it a unique Kenyan-Chinese-usa project. General Electric is now the lead contractor in the plant construction and it will build the coal plant using its ultra supercritical patented clean coal technology as it did last year in Malaysia. This will solve the pollution associated with old coal power plants. If you look at that plant below, their is no gas emission into the air except steam. All pollutant gases are captured through a complex system to neutralize them and allow better effective burning of its carbon. The few remaining Co2 is pumped 1km underground to be filtered naturally by earth.

[SIZE=7]Manjung 4: Powering Malaysia With Clean Coal Technology[/SIZE]
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Amidst rapid development, Southeast Asia is fast positioning itself at the forefront of the energy scene. In tandem, the region’s rising demand for energy continues to boost prospects within the power plant industry, particularly for coal-based plants that are built on power generation technologies capable of delivering improved performance, reliability and affordability.

Coal remains a vital part of the energy mix in Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, it makes up 50% of the fuel mix, and will carry on to play a greater role in the foreseeable future.
Ultrasupercritical technology is today’s standard bearer for coal power plants across the globe. Operating at temperatures and pressures above the critical point of its predecessors, the combustion process within an ultrasupercritical boiler bypasses the need for a conventional drum system, converting water directly into steam that turn the turbines to generate electricity. Together with the state-of-the-art controls for combustion and stronger materials needed to support the heightened temperature and pressure, ultrasupercrititcal coal plants are capable of generating power at a higher efficiency rate with significantly reduced emissions and related operational costs.


To this end, GE Power is currently leading the way in Southeast Asia, following the successful handing over of the 1,000MW Manjung 4 Ultrasupercritical Power Plant to TNB Janamanjung recently. Not only is Manjung 4 Malaysia’s – and the region’s – single largest ultrasupercritical unit. It is also Southeast Asia’s most efficient coal-based plant achieving almost 40% efficiency rate, surpassing the global average of 33%.

Meanwhile, Manjung 4’s cutting-edge environmental controls enable it to generate dependable power with much lower emissions than earlier plants (Manjung 1, 2 and 3), at levels which fully comply with World Bank standards. For instance, with GE’s Seawater Flue Gas Desulfurisation (FGD) system, Manjung 4 significantly reduces SO2 emissions to that of 200mg/Nm3, which is more than 3x below the World Bank requirements of 750mg/Nm3.

With these technologies, it comes as no surprise that this jewel of coal power plants in Asia has bagged the Gold Award under the ”Coal Power Project of the Year” category at the Asian Power Awards 2015. It has since exceeded performance projections to achieve 94.5% availability upon commencing operations in that same year, which allowed TNB Janamanjung to deliver full base load to the grid. Today, Manjung 4 is capable of powering almost two million households and, together with Manjung 1, 2 and 3, contribute more than 20% of the national power network in Peninsula Malaysia.

Aiming to deliver more value to its customers, GE continues to focus on key technologies to further improve efficiency and profitability of coal power plants. By integrating both mechanical and digital industrial platform capabilities, GE is now in a position to offer advanced ultrasupercritical technology, bringing the coal power plant industry ever closer to meeting the challenge of attaining the 50% efficiency benchmark. Amongst others, the enhanced technology is projected to heighten efficiency rates by an additional 1.5%, lessen emissions by another 3%, and adding approximately $50million USD to its customers’ NPV (Net Present Value) through reduced operational and lifecycle costs.

Indeed, as GE and its partners continue in their efforts towards full plant optimisation, the coal power plant industry is set to play an increasingly crucial role in meeting Malaysia’s demands for reliable and affordable power for the masses – all whilst wholly complying with national and global environmental standards and requirements.

Aii bwana why are you carrying people fools? Translated directly from Kiswahili: mbona watubeba mafala?!

This here below is the old lapsett, rejected by the neighbors. Sgr ikifika hapo kisumu nani ataipeleka Kampala?
Ama Gathecha atawajengea roho safi?

Kwani you fellows are working with rejected plans?



[SIZE=6]Why Museveni returned from China without SGR deal[/SIZE]

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (left) meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on September 6, 2018. PHOTO | AFP
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[li]Firming up funding for the Ugandan side of the railway was said to have been on the agenda before Focac.[/li][li]But these plans were scuttled after President Uhuru Kenyatta asked China to give Kenya a grant to complete the Naivasha –Kisumu leg of the SGR.[/li][li]Kenya’s failure to conclude a financing deal means Uganda is a long way from starting to build its side of the SGR.[/li][/ul]

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Opinion among experts is divided on how fruitful President Yoweri Museveni’s recent trip to the China-Africa forum was after it emerged he failed to ink a deal on funding for the the standard gauge railway.
Before the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation summit held last week, officials in Kampala had said that firming up plans for financing the SGR would be high on President Museveni’s agenda.
But these plans were scuttled after President Uhuru Kenyatta asked China to give Kenya a grant to complete the Naivasha –Kisumu leg of the SGR.
The SGR has been promoted as the most important link for East Africa since the Uganda Railway was built in 1900.
Initial plans envisaged a railway line from the Mombasa Port in Kenya to Uganda, Rwanda and connecting back to Tanzania and the DRC.
A second line would connect South Sudan to the north. Currently the Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan links are the only ones in the discussion.
[li]East African leaders return with billions in funding[/li][li]Ethiopia bags China debt deal, others wait[/li][li]China’s Xi offers Africa $60bn for projects[/li][/ul]
Kenya’s failure to conclude a financing deal means Uganda is a long way from starting to build its side of the SGR.
China had already told Uganda that it would only fund the Malaba-Kampala section of the SGR if Kenya committed to funding the entire Nairobi-Malaba leg of the project.
“Once Kenya and China commit to finance the remaining leg of the SGR, Uganda will be ready to start. We in Uganda are ready to conclude the financing agreements,” said Kieth Muhakanizi, Secretary to the Treasury.
Some economists say that it is good that Uganda got token financing from the summit instead of concluding what would have been a costly white elephant for Uganda.
“Technically and economically the failure to get financing for the standard gauge railway is a good thing as it saves us from a white elephant, but politicians and thieves will disagree,” said Fred Muhumuza, an independent researcher who previously worked as policy adviser to the Ministry of Finance.
Trapped in debt
Ezra Munyambonera, head of the Macroeconomics Department at the Economic Policy Research Centre agrees.
Dr Munyambonera said a number of African countries are increasingly trapped in debt due to China’s previous unwillingness to pay more attention to the types of projects they lend to.
Most of this debt was acquired to invest in high cost infrastructure projects like the standard gauge railway and ports.
The State House press team presented the media with signings of MoUs that President Museveni witnessed including one between the Uganda National Oil Company and the state-owned Chinese National Off Shore Oil Company (CNOOC) for oil exploration in the Albertine graben.
Sources say these were a face-saving effort as they could have been concluded without the involvement of the president.
Presidential spokesperson Don Wanyama confirmed that the agreements signed at the summit were really the business of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that State House didn’t know much about the contents.
Other documents signed while President Museveni was in Beijing include an economic and technical co-operation agreement worth $29.1 million.


how deep is the channel?

I read at skyscraper city that’s its 17.5 meters deep. That is a deep port.


Saa zingine Chupilee acts like there will never be another government. Some projects pia wanaweza achia prezzo mwingine afanye.
Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Really? Jubilee isn’t doing everything. This LAPSSET started during Kibaki’s time… and it has been in the plans since Tom Mboya was planning Minister in the Sr Kenyatta govt. The current administration is just kickstarting it, it’s a huge project that cannot be completed anytime soon. There are roads, pipelines and railways yet to get financing. The port is to be 32 berths, but currently only 3 berths are being done, the rest incrementally in future. So clearly Jubilee’s plate is full, the next President will continue where Uhuru leaves off, assuming he/she doesn’t cancel the projects. For example Konza city has taken a back seat since Jubilee came to power and is hardly mentioned!

I’m very glad Jubilee government doesn’t think like you at all. Do you think in the global strategic competition, you have time to slump. For Kenya to maintain its hold as the gateway of the region, draw in investments and manufacturing it needs another port. One port gateway of Mombasa for the region countries is a security and economic risk. When PEV took place in 2007, the port was cut off past Nairobi. One half of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and East DRC economy stood still. If Lamu port was in operations they wouldn’t be in problem. Only lazy or vision less people are satisfied with the present. This is not for us but marginalized North Kenya, Lamu-Garissa-Wajir-Mandera-Tana River-Isiolo-Marsabit-Turkana-Tharaka Nithi-Samburu counties. Each can now start planning for SEZ projects in their counties once the port is working and the road projects completed. Also every project has a planned out timeline. For example the 3 berths gets completed in 2020, the next 6 berths starts in 2020 by PPP, the oil/gas berths completion in 2021, Lamu coal plant completion by PPP is 2020-21, Lamu SEZ construction starts 2019 and Lamu SGR is only considered for decision in 2025. The resort cities in Lamu, Isiolo, Turkana will start as soon as NLC acquires land end of this year. Its a well thought out current, medium and long term plan. In other worlds we stay ahead of our current needs and success.

Konza city and Greenfield project were set aside since they were products of cost inflation, corruption and rushed last minute contract signing by civil servants at the last day of former President Kibaki days in state house. Former chief of staff, flagged them and adviced President Uhuru to halt them. Greenfield project costs rose from $200 million to almost $1 billion. As great as it was that was a steal, the contractor was also paid when all projects payments had been halted as government was in transition. Konza city was a cash cow for muthama and kalonzo. Konza was not a legal entity by 2013 but an add hoc project undertaken by several ministries. AG warned about it’s contracts and how they were rushed. Its only in 2014 that Konza authority act was passed and it finally got its own budget, recruited board who recruited management and staff. Reset Konza City timeline to begin in 2015 and you will realize the first 5 years was a waste of time. They finally got a perimeter fence, 100 KVA power substation, 20 boreholes to provide water for build construction, the Thake Makueni dam ongoing project has finally started and will provide water once its completed. The tarmack dual road from Athi River to Monza is ongoing. Finally a Italian contractor was awarded the internal infrastructure build (roads, sidewalks, storm drains, water mains, cycle paths, fibre and sewerage) and is already on site.

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nilisema exactly hivo hapo. I think ni cardinal njue pia alitaja mambo ya Rome juzi na akaambia Uhuru awache mbio na loans. Na Uhuru, on that fateful day in 2022 naona akilia machozi.

“Sitaki kuenda nyumbani, aki si mnipatie one more year!”

Na wanahemesha Museveni bure. He thought the sgr was a good joke until Gathecha got dead serious. If Uganda was to build their portion sijui wata recover which year. The burden would surely kill that nation.

but seriously, it’s time serikali started supporting our own. We can’t be creating jobs for foreign firms all the time. How will we have our own "
Kenya Roads and Bridges Construction Corp" when money is paid out to foreign firms? I think this is one of the reason our economy has stagnated. We have multi-billion shilling construction projects going round but only a tenth of the project money circulates back in the local economy.