Uganda, through Mahathi Infra Uganda Limited, is constructing the a 14-tank storage project aimed at storing up to 70 million litres of fuel with a 220 meters long jetty estimated to deliver fuel in 16 hours. The cost of the storage tanks is estimated at $270m and they are expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2021.
Captain Mike Mukula, the chairman and one of the shareholders of Mahathi Infra Uganda Limited, an Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) Company contracted to construct the fuel storage terminal and Lake Victoria fuel transport system said that the project will be a game-changer in the country.
“This project will be a game changer of the country because we shall be able to transport fuels on Lake Victoria from Kisumu, Kenya to Kampala using Oil Tanker ships,” he said adding that “this project will reduce the cost of fuel and its transportation by over 50%."
Presently, Petroleum products like Diesel, Gasoline, Kerosene and Jet A1 are transported by road making it costly, susceptible to adulteration, accidents and uncertain supplies.
Through Lake Victoria which is the biggest water resource in Uganda, this fuel terminal will ease transportation of fuel from Kampala to Kisumu considering that Kenya Pipeline Company has a fuel terminal at Kisumu on Lake Victoria.
“This investment will support businesses to reduce the costs we incur to deliver goods in the Country.” Said Francis Kisirinya, Deputy Executive Director