Kenya – Africa’s infrastructure powerhouse

Jay456watt

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Kenya’s ongoing infrastructure boom started with former President Mwai Kibaki. Grand projects like Thika Road, and the Northern, Eastern and Southern Bypasses in Nairobi, ushered in a national sense of yes-we-can. This has become part of the contemporary Kenyan mindset.

While Kibaki’s tenure was impressive in terms of infrastructure, the first term of his successor, President Uhuru Kenyatta, is truly mind-blowing, though:

At a record pace, Chinese contractors are building the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), replacing the century old narrow-gauge railway, built by the British. Upon completion, the new railway is likely to edge out road transport between Mombasa and Nairobi obsolete, removing most of the trucks on that road. The railway is planned to continue to Kigali through Kampala, although the Kampala-Kigali section seems uncertain at the moment.

With less than a year until the first trains hit the rails, the government has announced official plans to expand the Nairobi-Mombasa highway to six lanes. A highway of this magnitude will be a first-ever in Sub-Saharan Africa. The impact on the regional economy will doubtlessly be significant.

Mombasa is also undergoing an infrastructure revolution: The Mombasa Port, already the busiest in the region by far, is in a massive expansion process. Eventually, its total capacity is projected to reach 2.55 TEU p.a by 2019. This will put Mombasa at par with Durban and Tanger (second and third in Africa respectively). At the same time, the ongoing Dongo Kundu Bypass project will link the North and South Coast, eliminating the current ferry connection, and with it, the hellish jams through Mombasa Island.

Mombasa is about to get a serious domestic competitor, though, with the new Lamu Port currently under construction about to take over the position as the number one regional port. The total capacity in TEUs for the Lamu Port does not appear in official documents. It is allegedly projected to become the number one port on the continent, though.

Meanwhile, Tanzania shelved their plans to build Africa’s biggest port in Bagamoyo, leaving Kenya’s position unchallenged.

Along with the Lamu Port project, Kenya is constructing its second national transport corridor, dubbed the Lamu Port – South Sudan – Ethiopia (LAPSSET) Corridor. This infrastructural mega-project features a second standard-gauge railway, an oil pipeline, and a (or several) high-capacity fibre-optic cable(s).

LAPSSET will connect Southern Ethiopia and South Sudan to Kenya’s infrastructure network, while giving Northern Kenya a historic boost. As a pre-cursor, the Isiolo-Mandera road, commenced under Kibaki, is already almost complete, connecting Kenya and Ethiopia by road.

In a perspective of Pan-African infrastructure, LAPSSET and the Mombasa-Kampala railway and highway (when eventually extended from Nairobi to Kampala) play an even greater role: Isiolo-Moyale was and is an important section of the legendary Cape-Cairo highway (aka the TAH 4), planned for more than a century. With the Kenyan part complete, two sections in Tanzania and Northern Sudan still remain, but the project is one crucial step closer to completion.

LAPSSET also opens up an alternative route for the Mombasa-Lagos Highway (aka the TAH 8), long hampered by perennial instability in DRC. Obviously, stability in South Sudan has recently become another risk factor, although seemingly a more temporary one.

In terms of digital infrastructure, Kenya is already a continental champion, with 8 terrestrial fibre optic cables (backbones), matched only by South Africa.

Kenya is also connected globally via seven submarine fibre-optic cables, beaten only by Djibouti and Egypt. As a result, Kenya already has one of the most robust internet uplinks on the continent. While currently, all those cables terminate in Mombasa, the LAPSSET project will add a second one in Lamu, also boosting redundancy.

Energy is an obvious pre-requisite for Kenya to benefit from the world-class infrastructure the country is building. Fortunately, this has by no mean been neglected.

In 2010, Kenya had an installed generating capacity of 1050 megawatt (MW). That has already increased to 2300 Mph, with a number of other projects, such as Lake Turkana Wind Power about to boost this figure further. While the stated national target of 5000MW by EOY 2017 seems unlikely to be met, the growth in installed capacity is nevertheless an impressive achievement. The government’s own target for 2030, is 23,000 MW, underpinned in part by the four planned nuclear reactors to go live by 2027.

While many African countries are investing heavily in infrastructure, few if any are in the same league as Kenya. This is almost certainly part of the reason why Nairobi has already taken the top position as Africa’s number one foreign direct investment (FDI) destination, and why Kenya as a country is also the fastest-growing FDI destination on the continent.
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The rise and rise of Kenya's infrastructure | Bauck.com
 

Jay456watt

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Biased article..
in what sense?...remember, the writer is not even a Kenyan...this is a foreign website...open that link at the bottom..the picture and credentials of the author is evident..cannot be biased if the author is not Kenyan and has never lived in Kenya...Kenya is undoubtedly Africa's powerhouse for infrastructure development at the moment...the author also forgot to mention the ongoing boom in shopping mall space and real estate/office space of which Kenya leads Africa in the latter..just check out my city my town
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Jay456watt

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article is a little old but the author has managed to xome up with a very detailed, concise and comprehensive article complete with decent grammar...
 

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Giza Yule..... There a vacancy with stand up comedy this way with a group called Jicho4 Productions
 

Jay456watt

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OOH PLEASE , PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL CELEBRATING ROADS OR ELECTRICITY LOL , FYI I LIVE IN PRETORIA N I TELL U WHAT MY TOWN IS WAY BETTER THAN THIS NAIROBI
nobody gives a crap about Pretoria..forget even pretoria...nobody gives a crap if you lived in New York.this is an East African forum...we have different ambitions...lol! you forget that SA doesnt have the respect it used to have ages ago...a nation led by a corrupt monkey possibly living with HIV because of the many wives he has, SA is now junk status...lol! its Nigeria now and Egypt...SA is sooo yesterday..dont compare the mighty Nairobi to crap..
 

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nobody gives a crap about Pretoria..forget even pretoria...nobody gives a crap if you lived in New York.this is an East African forum...we have different ambitions...lol! you forget that SA doesnt have the respect it used to have ages ago...a nation led by a corrupt monkey possibly living with HIV because of the many wives he has, SA is now junk status...lol! its Nigeria now and Egypt...SA is sooo yesterday..dont compare the mighty Nairobi to crap..



Ooh please all those countries that can't feed its ppl right ? My country is blessed even in junk status petrol price is still dropping n the currency is getting stronger . and the manufacturing sector is doing well .including those mercs n bmw ,rangers ,VW's ,Isuzu's that your politicians are driving are made here n those companies have invested more after that .
 

saadeque

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Nairobi this nairobi that lol . that thing is like jhb in the 60s it needs to catch up to jhb of today that has everything ,stadiums ,indoor arenas ,shopping malls ,free ways ,surburbs etc .if that nairobi was in SA it was gon b the 4th city not what ya are making it to be
i dont argue about that,,you had an upper hand and we both know the reason.The point is, the glory of SA is dwindling and at an alarming rate.Enjoy it while it lasts
 

Jay456watt

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Ooh please all those countries that can't feed its ppl right ? My country is blessed even in junk status petrol price is still dropping n the currency is getting stronger . and the manufacturing sector is doing well .including those mercs n bmw ,rangers ,VW's ,Isuzu's that your politicians are driving are made here n those companies have invested more after that .
country made my white ppl...while you black africans are treated like dogs in ur own country...hahhaha!! while the whites enjoy the blessings u are talking about, you blacks are suffering in Johannesburg slums....my friend dont tell us about a country that was made by whites...kenya is selfmade along with other nations such as Nigeria and Egypt...without the work of the white ppl SA=Madagascar lol! mind you those car brands you have mentioned are all foreign brands with branches in Africa..
 

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OOH PLEASE , PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL CELEBRATING ROADS OR ELECTRICITY LOL , FYI I LIVE IN PRETORIA N I TELL U WHAT MY TOWN IS WAY BETTER THAN THIS NAIROBI
Where have you come from?so that u can talk shit like this
 

t-time

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he is from soweto.....
the very same soweto is on par with your best surburbs , is that the one u talking about ? the that has largest stadium in africa , that has one of the best road system in the country , that has malls indoor arenas ?
 

t-time

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Where have you come from?so that u can talk shit like this
i have been around monitoring bro , just been monitoring u guys shitting on tanzanians making yourself better n i am here to make myself and country better lol . on a serious note though you guys have a long way to be at our level , we have the infrastructure that you guys are dreaming about
 

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