A construction project for a new port at Kenya’s Lamu Port has been given the green light following delays.
Work on the new port will begin in March and will be part of the Lamu-Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor, including new roads, a railway and a pipeline that is set to be completed by 2030 that will give landlocked South Sudan and Ethiopia access to the Indian Ocean.
The project is now on track and marks a monumental move from Kenya to link five countries in the region. An estimated US$25.5 bn will be spent on the project, according to the American Journal of Transportation.
The new port construction in Lamu will be utilised as an oil export terminal with a consortium led by construction group China Communications Construction having won a US$449 m contract to build the first three berths in the port.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said: “The new port, which is part of the LAPSSET Corridor project, will provide an opportunity for the exploitation of the country’s maritime resources.”