KPA container terminal tender still open
The tender to run phase one of Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA) new container terminal is reportedly still up for grabs.
KPA managing director, Catherine Mturi-Wairi, has rubbished a claim by Simon Sang of the Dock Workers Union that the tender for the Kipevu Terminal at the Port of Mombasa been awarded to DP World, according to Africa Business Daily.
The publication reported that Ms Mturi-Wairi said: “We cancelled the tender and have not yet awarded it to anyone. KPA is running the terminal as for now and I am not even aware of plans to re-advertise the tender anytime soon.”
1.2m teus capacity
Situated at the western side of the existing Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT), the Kipevu Terminal was built as part of the Mombasa Port Development Project (MPDP) and when phase two and three is complete it will create an additional capacity of 1.2m teus at the port.
Mombasa Container Terminal has an annual capacity of 1.1m teus.
Africa Business Daily stated that DP World was set to be given the contract before the process was cancelled after complaints from rival firms that some bidders were colluding with senior KPA officials to try and secure the contract.
Companies believed to be in the running for the tender include Hutchison Ports Investments, DP World, PSA International, China Merchants Holdings and SSA Port Terminal.
One of the conditions for funding of the terminal by the Japanese government was that it would be operated privately.
The terminal is composed of two berths of Panamax and Post-Panamax container vessels of 20,000 tons and 60,000 tons respectively and a quay length of 560m.
Infrastructure includes three berths measuring 15m, 12m and 11m deep. There will also be additional stacking yards, procurement of equipment and dredging works.
The construction period for phase two and three is 2015-2023.
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