In Summary
  • Taxpayers spent Sh48 billion on the construction of the new pipeline, which has been in operation for about a year without leak detectors.
  • Mr Munyes was hard-pressed to explain why the new line did not have leak detection systems.
  • The 20-inch pipeline was designed without any leak detection systems, making it as bad as the leak-prone old one that was to be replaced after frequent cases of massive oil losses.
  • Mr Andambi explained to the senators that leak detection was not included in the design stage but that the KPC was on the verge of acquiring new detectors.

The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) is still unaware of the cause of the oil spill in Kiboko, Makueni County, Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes has said.

Mr Munyes said this when he faced the Senate's Energy committee on Wednesday alongside the KPC's Acting Managing Director Hudson Andambi.

The minister told the committee chaired by Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina that the company was yet to determine the exact cause of the spillage, 75 days after it occurred.

LEAK DETECTORS

Mr Munyes' report came amid plans for taxpayers to spend more millions to procure new leak detectors for the new pipeline.

Taxpayers spent Sh48 billion on the construction of the new pipeline, which has been in operation for about a year without the detectors.

The CS, however, told the committee that the KPC was in the tail end of procurement of the detectors.

Without disclosing the exact cost of the new system, Mr Munyes said they had listed all the specifications and were about to start the procurement process.

“We want to get it right this time round ... It will cost taxpayers a lot of money,” he said.

The CS further told the senators that the KPC was, in the meantime, using an electronic device along the entire line to check for weak areas that could lead to leakages, a process called inline inspection.

INSPECTIONS

Mr Munyes was hard-pressed to explain why the new line did not have leak detection systems.

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