September 2019, Vol. 246, No. 9

Africa Spotlight

East Africa’s Leakage Incidents Points to Detection Needs

By Shem Oirere, Energy Writer, Nairobi, Kenya   The Tazama Pipeline Barely one year after the commissioning of East and Central Africa’s only refined oil transportation pipeline in Kenya, leakages have been reported, raising concerns about the ability of existing government agencies to monitor the safety of oil infrastructure at a time when similar projects have been unveiled across the region. The 280-mile (450-km), 20-inch pipeline, constructed by Lebanese contractor Zakhem International, runs from Kenya’s Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to the country’s capital Nairobi, and was belatedly commissioned last year after more than fiv

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