State-owned Kenya Petroleum Company (KPC) has invited expression of interest (EOI) from international contractors to build a petroleum products pipeline in the country.

The new 450km long multi-product pipeline to be constructed from Mombasa to Nairobi is expected to replace the existing 14in diameter petroleum products pipeline that has been operating for the last 35 years.

Depending upon the EOI from the contractors, the company will consider undertaking the project. The new pipeline will be designed to meet the growing petroleum products demand up to 2044 in the Eastern Africa region.

Work scope for KPC’s new pipeline project includes procurement of materials, construction and commissioning.

The work also includes civil, mechanical and corrosion control work; connecting the new pipeline to the existing stations; installation of fibre optic cable along the pipeline route and associated terminal equipment at the stations.

In addition, upgrading fire detection and firefighting facilities at the stations; performing quality assurance tests during the construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, and start up works at completion.

The contractor will also have to maintain the pipeline system during the defects liability period including attending to defects.

Interested firms should have ten years of experience in similar projects; provide audited accounts of the past five years to prove financial ability; and the firm should not be limited or disqualified under the provisions of The Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005.