Kenya is due to begin work in June 2013 on a 2,000 kilometres (km), crude oil pipeline from South Sudan to the proposed Lamu Port in Kenya. The pipeline is expected to begin operating by June 2015, according to Kenya’s Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi.
The route will stretch from Juba to the Kenyan port of Lamu, but possible branches to both Ethiopia and Uganda have been proposed.
The pipeline capacity will be between 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 1 million bpd.
In August 2012 Japan-based Toyota Tsusho Corporation placed a $5 billion bid to construct the pipeline.
The pipeline is an element of a broader infrastructure project involving the governments of Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia, and is considered one of the flagship projects under Kenya's "Vision 2030" development blueprint. The project will also involve the construction of an oil refinery, power stations, jetties and other infrastructure facilities.
According to Kenyan officials, the pipeline could also transport crude from Kenya's producing Turkana region, allowing any surplus oil not needed for domestic consumption to be put in the same pipeline as the Sudanese oil and exported through the port of Lamu.
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