KeNHA clears the air over Mombasa-Nairobi expressway tender

Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has clarified that the Mombasa-Nairobi expressway tender contract has not yet been awarded.

The Authority released a statement on Friday to dismiss earlier reports that indicated Korean Overseas Infrastructure and Development Corporation had won the tender.

“The KeNHA would like to correct some misinformation that has been published and circulated in some sections of the media regarding the proposed Mombasa -Nairobi expressway project,” the statement read.

KeNHA maintained that the Korean Overseas Infrastructure and Development Corporation (KIND) did not have the construction tender.

“KIND presented a Pre-Feasibility Studies Report for development of the highway based on a PPP model on July 29, 2022, and they are open to submit a Privately Initiated Investment Proposal (PIIP) in line with the requirement under PPP Act, 2021,” KeNHA said.

The pre-feasibility study focused on demand, traffic, and affordability projections for the project.

The Authority further said Bechtel, an American engineering corporation, was working on a PPP structure for the model again disparaging earlier reports that the company had pulled out of the project.

It added that a US Capital Investment Company, Evestrong Capital, had expressed its interest in developing the Corridor in partnership with Bechtel.

The 482 KM four-lane expressway will take five years to be completed according to KeNHA.

“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 expressway will start from Machakos Turn-Off to Mariakani and will see the current two-lane highway become a four-lane carriageway to connect Nairobi and Mombasa cities.

Additionally, the envisioned expressway will include interchanges and bypasses in the key towns along Mombasa Road.

It is projected that the expressway will create over 21,000 jobs and an additional 2,573 jobs per year during its operations and maintenance.

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