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Old February 9th, 2016, 09:25 AM   #181
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EAC backs Kenya's electric rail plan

Daily Nation | 9th February 2016

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East African Community states have endorsed Kenya’s plans for the electrification of the standard gauge railway operations.

Before then, however, trains in the immediate term will be powered by diesel.

Ministers drawn from Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan who met in Kampala to discuss implementation of projects under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects Initiative, said electrifying operations will result in benefits of reduced journey times and increased capacity for the new rail network, spurring the region’s economic growth.

“The meeting recommended the adoption of Kenya’s proposal to convert Mombasa–Nairobi–Malaba to electric traction by the time all other sections in partner States commence construction,” Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said in a statement after the meeting.

Mr Macharia said following the endorsement, Kenya will move ahead with its plans to include the provision for electric traction in the engineering and construction contracts for all other sections including the Nairobi-Malaba route.

Even then, Mr Macharia said, once the rail project is complete, passenger trains will do just over four hours, at 120km per hour, between Mombasa and Nairobi with about 1,000 passengers on board.

“It is the fastest ever on land transport in that sector. Reduction of trucks on our roads means less accidents, lower pollution, less destruction of our roads, hence releasing resources to be expended in other sectors of the economy,” the Cabinet secretary told regional ministers.

The railway will run from Nairobi to Mombasa and eventually snake its way to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

As at December 2015, construction of the Sh327 billion Mombasa-Nairobi section as certified by Kenya Railways consultants was reported at 63 per cent.


The section is expected to be complete in 16 months, at around June 2017. The targeted ground breaking date for the Nairobi-Naivasha section is June this year (2016).

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have both shown interest in linking their countries to the railway as well.

Kenya’s delegation to the regional meeting was led by Mr Macharia, Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera, and the Kenya Railways senior management team.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 09:48 AM   #182
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Old February 9th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #183
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I just can't help wondering whether the workers have any protection from the big cats this time around and if they have, what kind? Or have the predators dwindled so much that they do not pose a threat anymore? That would be a very sad scenario.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 12:56 PM   #184
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I just can't help wondering whether the workers have any protection from the big cats this time around and if they have, what kind? Or have the predators dwindled so much that they do not pose a threat anymore? That would be a very sad scenario.
Predators are still very much there but they tend to stay away since it's very noisy... But the workers are protected by a fence and armed police officers.

No cases of attacks. But just the other day railway workers saved a young lion cub who had fallen in a hole near the construction site.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 02:26 AM   #185
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 10:54 PM   #186
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Old March 7th, 2016, 10:58 PM   #187
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Biggest rail project in Kenya is said to be ahead schedule


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Old March 22nd, 2016, 10:00 PM   #188
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Old March 26th, 2016, 02:11 AM   #189
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Kenya launches scholarship to train railway engineers in China



Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a scholarship program to train new railway engineers in China for the future sustainability of the Standard Gauge Railway.

The President hosted 25 students who will proceed to Beijing Jiaotong University through the scholarship, funded by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), at State House, Nairobi, where he urged them to commit themselves to their studies to benefit Kenya.

The 25 students are the first batch of 60 students who have been selected to study for a degree course in railway engineering specializing in design and construction, signaling and communication and operation and maintenance.

The scholarship program, the Railway Talents Cultivation Program, is part of the efforts to develop human capacity for the sustainability of the SGR.

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has fast-tracked the implementation of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project that is expected to transform regional economies.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 10:29 AM   #190
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Kenya, Chinese firm sign pact for Naivasha-Malaba SGR project

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – Kenya and the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) have signed an agreement for the construction of the Naivasha-Malaba Standard Gauge Railway line under the Kenya SGR Developments Project valued at Sh549 billion.

This comes after the Cabinet approved signing of the commercial contracts between Kenya Railways and China Communications Construction Company.

The four commercial contracts for the development of the four elements of the project include Naivasha- Kisumu, Kisumu-Malaba, Kisumu Port Development and Modernization and expansion of the Inland Container Depot at Embakasi in Nairobi.

Phase 2 (Nairobi-Malaba) has been divided into three sub-phases as follows: Phase 2A Nairobi-Naivasha
Phase 2B Naivasha- Kisumu including the development of a new high capacity port at Kisumu and Phase 2C Kisumu-Malaba.

The government has secured a loan from the Government of the Peoples Republic of China to support the development of Phase 2A.

The total contract price for this section is US$ 1.5 billion (Sh150billion).

The signing of these contracts valued at US$ 5.4 billion marks yet another significant milestone regarding the Kenya – China cooperation for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2016/03/36291/

After signing the contract they are currently negotiating funding. $ 5.4 billion is a lot of money but if Kenya strikes a similar deal with China Exim bank as with Phase 1 it will repay around $150 million per year for a period of thirty years after a ten year grace period. This is manageable for a country that collected around $10 billion in tax revenue last year.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 10:44 AM   #191
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[IMG]http://media.***********.com/photos/goats-herd-walks-alongside-a-newly-laid-section-of-rail-track-near-picture-id516342456[/IMG]

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As you can see even though its single track passing stations have triple track
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Old April 7th, 2016, 06:36 AM   #192
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China holds railway engineering classes for Kenyan students




Beijing Jiaotong University has opened an educational program for Kenyan students on railway engineering. It was one of the products of a meeting between China and Kenya during the China-Africa Summit last year. It's aim is to try to revive and modernize the East African country's rail network.

These 25 Kenyan students are not tourists. They are here to study. Funded by China Road & Bridge Corporation, they are going to study railway engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University over the next four years.

"We hope that the program will set an example for China-Africa railway engineering education, and serve for railway networks across Africa in the future," Chen Feng, vice president of Beijing Jiaotong University, said.

The 25 high school graduates are the first batch of 60 students who have been selected to study in China. They will be able to return home once a year. They will be committed to their studies for the rest of the time.

The students are in the Railway Talents Cultivation Program. It's an initiative to train railway engineers to maintain and operate a standard gauge railway in Kenya. The railway will connect Nairobi, the capital, and Mombasa, the country's largest harbor city.

The Kenyan government has contracted the China Road and Bridge Corporation to finish the project by 2018.

"Chinese overseas enterprises are going through a transformation, from contractors to developers. So, integration and localization have become very important. Training local people, equiping them with the necessary knowledge for overseas projects is one way out," Sun Ziyu, vice president of China Road & Bridge Corporation, said.

Now more than 90 percent of the project has been completed. It has also provided local residents with more than 30,000 jobs.

Sponsoring Kenyan students to study railway courses in top Chinese colleges is only the beginning. At last year's China-Africa Summit, the two countries decided to work together to help Kenya set up academies for the further development of the country's railway networks.
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Old April 9th, 2016, 04:27 AM   #193
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what a huge project for kenya i thing
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Old April 9th, 2016, 11:35 AM   #194
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what a huge project for kenya i thing
Its huge considering

Commencing: December 2014
Completion: Mid-2018 (More like 2017 considering the construction pace, this railway is way ahead of schedule)
Connecting: Mombasa and Nairobi
Distance: 485km approx.
Amount of track: 609km
Railway stations: 40 (total amount of stations btn Mombasa and Nairobi)
Contractor: China Road and Bridge Corporation
Amount of workers: 30,000 Kenyans + 2,500 Chinese
Partner states: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan
Cost for Phase I: Kes. 327bn (US$ 3.6bn)
Cost for Phase II: Kes. 153bn (US$ 1.5bn)
Funding source for Phase I: (90% China Exim Bank) (10% Government of Kenya)
Estimated cost of entire project: Kes. 1.3 trillion (US$ 13.2bn)

The railway will go from Mombasa to Kigali and Juba and Eastern DRC if all goes according to plan.

The project costs KES. 327bn (US$ 3.6bn) for Phase I (Mombasa-Nairobi). Includes construction cost of 40 stations and a railway port at Mombasa.

Phase II has already been approved (Nairobi-Naivasha) and includes construction of a joint Kenyan-Chinese industrial park in Naivasha. Phase II will cost KES. 153bn (US$ 1.5bn)

Phase III will run from (Naivasha-Kisumu) and includes construction of a railway port at Kisumu and probably another industrial park

So considering 30,000 Kenyans involved/to be involved in construction of Phase I, easier transportation of goods from Mombasa to Nairobi and as far as Juba and Kigali. Kenya's cost of buying goods will be significantly lower and it'll make manufacturing in Kenya more competitive.

Technology transfer where Kenyans acquire skills to build railways and tunnels its awesome.

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A map of the entire proposed rail project (not sure if up to date):



Credit: BBC.co.uk

This could have transformative effects on the region if all goes according to plan.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 12:04 AM   #196
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Standard Gauge Railway
Phase I


Commencement: December 2014
Completion: Mid-2018
Connecting: Mombasa and Nairobi
Distance: 485km approx.
Amount of track: 609km
Railway stations: 40 (total amount of stations btn Mombasa and Nairobi)
Contractor: China Road and Bridge Corporation
Amount of workers: 30,000 Kenyans + 2,500 Chinese
Partner states: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan
Cost for Phase I: Kes. 327bn (US$ 3.6bn)
Funding source for Phase I: (90% China Exim Bank) (10% Government of Kenya)
Estimated cost of entire project: Kes. 1.3 trillion (US$ 13.2bn)




















Casting of shear walls at the basement of Nairobi South Station
source: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?timestamp=...bFjIcrkI0wNhc=


Construction of utility tunnel underneath future railway tracks of Nairobi South Station
source: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?timestamp=...j69PH72FQYf24=


Foundation works for the future passenger platform of Nairobi South Station completed
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzAw...w==&scene=6#rd


Construction of the final box culvert within Section 8
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzAw...w==&scene=6#rd




Rescuing a baby elephant separated from the herd at Kyulu




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Old April 23rd, 2016, 06:59 AM   #197
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How much of the project is completed so far , % wise?
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 10:39 AM   #198
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How much of the project is completed so far , % wise?


This was done by the office of the president before his annual speech which gives Kenyans the current state of affairs.

It shows about 68% completion as of March 31st 2016.

So if we are gonna estimate, maybe just above 70% completion. Everything really is way ahead of schedule.

And completion of the SGR project has been moved up from 2018 to 2017
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Does the new railway end in Nairobi and Mombasa in the same stations as the old narrow gauge railway?
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Does the new railway end in Nairobi and Mombasa in the same stations as the old narrow gauge railway?
No, a new station for each city Nairobi South Station and Mombasa West station

Nairobi South Station | Embakasi

Forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=954002

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  • Location: Embakasi, Nairobi County








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Casting of shear walls at the basement of Nairobi South Station
source: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?timestamp=...bFjIcrkI0wNhc=


Construction of utility tunnel underneath future railway tracks of Nairobi South Station
source: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?timestamp=...j69PH72FQYf24=


Foundation works for the future passenger platform of Nairobi South Station completed

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzAw...w==&scene=6#rd

Mombasa West Station | Changamwe

Forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=954002

Official website: http://krc.co.ke



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  • Location: Changamwe, Mombasa County














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