NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese construction firm, China
Communication Construction Company (CCCC) is on course to
complete the first berth of the Lamu port in mid 2018, Kenyan
officials said on Thursday.
Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development
Authority Director General Sylvester Kasuku told a media
briefing in Nairobi that dredging works began in October 2016
and the work is currently 20 percent complete.
"China Communication Construction Company is expected to
complete construction of the three berths by the year 2020 at a
cost of 480 million U.S. dollars," Kasuku said.
The East African nation has so far spent 120 million dollars
for the construction of the port with another 100 million
dollars earmarked for the next financial year.
Lamu port will have a total of 32 berths and is part of the
LAPSSET Corridor Program which will cost over 26 billion dollars
Kasuku said that the Kenya government will fund construction
of the first three berths while the rest are expected to be
funded by private sector under a public private sector
The South African government has already signed a Memorandum
of Understanding to develop the first three berths in the Lamu
"The South Africans are currently in the phase of submission
of proposals and are undertaking discussions with relevant
government agencies before commencing construction works,"
The port has also received inquiries from ten private firms
seeking to invest in the infrastructure project.
Kasuku said that Lamu port is expected to surpass Mombasa
port to become the largest port in Kenya in the next ten years.
The Director General said that the Mombasa port currently
handles 1.2 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) annually
and has a maximum capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.
The first three berths of Lamu Port will be able to handle
1.2 million TEUs and when fully operational will handle 20