KeNHA gives timelines for construction of the Nairobi – Mombasa Expressway

KeNHA gives timelines for construction of the Nairobi – Mombasa Expressway after conducting tendering process.

The construction of the Nairobi – Mombasa Expressway is expected to take five years after the government conducts the tendering process and contracts a firm to undertake the project. 

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) announced in a statement dated September 16 that the allotted time would be sufficient to see the major highway extended into a dual carriage.

KeNHA noted that a number of businesses were far along in the tender-pitch process for the major undertaking.

“The construction of the project will likely take five years to complete and work will commence upon completion of studies, designs, negotiation, and closure of all financing arrangements.

“The scope of works and source of financing will be determined once all studies and the necessary arrangements are concluded,” read the statement.

Furthermore, KeNHA denied media reports that it had already chosen a Korean company to receive the contract.

Additionally, it claimed that both parties were still figuring out the deal’s structures and that it had not dropped Betchel Engineering, an American company, in favor of the Korean business.

Traffic between the two major cities, Nairobi and Mombasa, will be made easier by the project, which is expected to cost Ksh361 billion.

“The Korean Overseas Infrastructure and Development Corporation (KIND) presented a Pre-Feasibility Studies Report for the development of the Highway based on a PPP model on July 29, 2022, and they are open to submitting a Privately Initiated Investment Proposal (PIIP) in line with the requirements under PPP Act, 2021.

“Bechtel is still working on its best Public Private Partnership (PPP) structure for the project. A US Capital Investment Company (Everstrong Capital) has also expressed interest in developing the Corridor in partnership with Bechtel,” read the statement in part.

In June 2022, the Korean firm submitted a feasibility study to the government where it expressed they were planning to build bypasses in major towns during the construction process.

“The project will be done as a four-lane from the current two-lane carriageway between Machakos Turn-Off and Mariakani (482) kilometres and will connect the two largest cities in Kenya whose value to the national development is critical.

“During the construction, a total of over 21,000 jobs and an additional 2,573 jobs will be created per year during its operations and maintenance,” Kenya Vision 20130 stated then.

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