Kenya's Mombasa County poised to issue RFP for desalination project

Mombasa County, Kenya, is to issue a request for proposals for new desalination capacity to five shortlisted companies in May 2017.

Mombasa City on the coast of Kenya is the country's second largest city behind capital Nairobi

Mombasa City on the coast of Kenya is the country's second largest city behind capital Nairobi

The county is tendering two desalination projects on a build, operate, transfer (BOT) basis. They are a plant of 130,000 m3/d in the north, and one of 30,000 m3/d in the south. 

The plans were outlined by minister for water and natural resources, Fatma Awale, at the Global Water Summit, on 24 April 2017.

A total of nine companies have expressed an interest in working on the project.

The World Bank is supporting improvements to water and sanitation services in Mombasa County through its $200 million Kenya Coastal Water Security and Climate Resilience Program.

The desalination project will be financed through a public-private partnership (PPP), and Mombasa County has committed to help secure land for it.

Reports in November 2016 suggested that high land prices in Mombasa County were presenting a challenge for project developers.


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