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New technologies grant extra oil storage in Kenya

04th February 2013

VTTI opens USD 60m storage terminal in Kenya, new equipment allows 110,000 cubic meters of storage capacity

New technologies boost oil storage in Kenya
Product from the terminal is transported to several locations in Kenya such as Nairobi, Eldoret and Kisumu via a pipeline connected to the Kenya Pipeline Company's (KPC) mainline from Mombasa to Nairobi

Independent energy storage company VTTI has unveiled a new USD  60m oil terminal in Kenya which combines new automated and high end technologies, as the company seeks to ease the country’s overstretched oil storage and transportation network.

The USD 60m VTTI Kenya oil terminal in Kipevu – Mombasa has 110,000 cubic meters of storage capacity, which makes it one of the largest liquid petroleum storage facilities in East Africa, according to the energy storage firm.

The recently launched oil storage facility encompasses new technology, including automated tank gauging and valves, fire suppression systems, cone bottom in all the tanks to drain water, tank high level alarms, and impervious tank containment systems.

Product from the terminal is transported to several locations in Kenya such as Nairobi, Eldoret and Kisumu via a pipeline connected to the Kenya Pipeline Company's (KPC) mainline from Mombasa to Nairobi.

With the new oil terminal, VTTI Kenya aims to bring additional storage capacity to the country, not only, it says, to meet Kenya’s energy demand, but also the demands of neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.