Kenya Pipeline Corporation Managing Director Irungu Macharia [Photo: The Citizen]
An unknown amount of fuel has been lost as a major leakage occurred on the Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline. Frequent leaks in the area have led to the construction of another line worth 48 billion shillings as a replacement of the also known as line one pipeline. Kenya Pipeline Company, Managing Director, Irungu Macharia says the leakage has been resolved, and product flow restored to Mombasa.
“We noticed decreased pressure on the line and rushed to the scene where we closed the valve to create product backflow to Mombasa. The incident was not due to any intrusion and we have since rectified it and restored transport. It did not affect diesel and petrol which we transport using the new line,” Mr. Macharia said.
KPC states the pipeline has suffered the leakages due to the soil type in the area as well as weaknesses on the corroded 40-year-old-line and lack of a leak detection system.
Other similar leakages happened in 2011 and in September 2018. Last year the company began to search for an inspection service provider for the new line following its leak and loss of unknown amount of oil.