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Old June 27th, 2016, 10:18 AM   #221
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Rail construction to end earlier than expected

Daily Nation | 27th June 2016

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The construction of the Sh327 billion standard gauge railway is expected to be completed earlier than expected.

Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera said the work is set for completion in March 2017, and not May next year, as earlier projected.
He said as of May, the construction of the railway had reached 80 per cent, adding that the laying of tracks had so far covered a distance of 280 kilometres from Voi to Sultan Hamud.

The government, he added, had already started acquiring locomotives, passenger coaches and wagons.

Mr Nyakera said 56 locomotives are set to be delivered from China before the end of the year.

He said of the 33 railway stations planned, some had already been completed.

They comprise 23 passing stations, eight intermediary stations and two major stations in Mombasa and Nairobi.

Mr Nyakera said the government was fast-tracking the construction of the inland container depot in Nairobi, with the ground-breaking ceremony expected to take place in September.

The PS said a Kenya Railways and Ministry of Transport team was doing due diligence on the operator in China and Australia.

He said the operator, John Holland, is from Australia.

The official added that after the completion of the railway construction, preparations for the launch of the railway services will begin.
“We expect President Uhuru Kenyatta to officially commission the project on Madaraka Day of 2017.”
So John Holland will likely be the main operator of the new line. John Holland is an Australian firm and will jointly run things with China Communications Construction (CCCC) the parent company of John Holland and Kenya Railways.

They are also saying that there will be 33 stations not 40.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 01:35 PM   #222
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Mombasa West Station | Changamwe

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So there are varying reports the height of the station is supposed to be 100 metres according to the powerpoint from the President's SGR tour. But from what I read earlier the tower is gonna be 53 metres so I dunno
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Old June 27th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #223
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Nairobi South Station | Embakasi

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Standard Gauge Railway
Phase II


Commencement: 24th June 2016
Completion: 2019-2020??
Construction Period: 4 years, 6 months (approx)
Connecting: Nairobi and Naivasha
Distance: 120km approx.
Amount of track: ??
Railway stations: ??
Contractor: China Road and Bridge Corporation
Amount of workers: ??
Partner states: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan
Cost for Phase II: Kes. 153bn (US$ 1.5bn)
Cost per KM: Kes. 1.275bn (US$ 12.5mn)
Funding source for Phase II: (85% China Exim Bank) (15% Government of Kenya)
Estimated cost of entire project: Kes. 1.3 trillion (US$ 13.2bn)

Nairobi - Naivasha Railway
ground breaking ceremony for the 3162 m long Ngong Tunnel of the Nairobi - Naivasha Railway was held on June 16, 2016. source
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So phase II is now under construction? niiice.

How long til there's more standard gauge railway in use than non-standard gauge?
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So phase II is now under construction? niiice.

How long til there's more standard gauge railway in use than non-standard gauge?
Phase 1 Mombasa – Nairobi (472 kilometres) - June 2017

Phase 2A Nairobi – Naivasha (120 kilometres) - December 2020 (54 months construction period)

Phase 2B Naivasha – Kisumu (262 kilometres) -

Phase 2C Kisumu – Malaba (107 kilometres) -

2B and C are less challenging than 2A so they could probably BE launched next year together with 3A (Malaba-Kampala- 273 kilometers) and be finished together with 2A.

There is currently more than 2700 kms meter-gauge although there are only regular (freight) services between Mombasa and Malaba (972 kms) and most branch lines with the exception of the one operated by Magadi Rail (140 kilometers) are in dire conditions.
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So phase II is now under construction? niiice.

How long til there's more standard gauge railway in use than non-standard gauge?
Aaraldi is right and I will also add

That the metre gauge line itself was in bad condition despite constant refurbishment. So with the lower cost and less time spent transporting goods I think that within a year or so of operation of the nearly complete Nairobi-Mombasa section we'll see substantial rise in cargo being transported by the standard gauge line and a lot more cargo being transported by rail from the Port of Mombasa.

So this railway will go from Mombasa to Uganda, the DRC, South Sudan and Rwanda in the future.

And most of those countries depend primarily on Mombasa for cargo but statistics show that

Port of Mombasa (2015)
Total throughput 26.732 million tons(+7.5%)
7.667 million tons in transit cargo (+8.2%)
5.977 million tons - Uganda (+8.2%)
702,531 tons - South Sudan (-7.7%) should increase by a lot since Machar has returned to Juba.
291,924 tons - Rwanda (+23.7%)

So Kenya remains with most of the 19.065 million tons left. Which means that while this railway is big for East Africa, Kenya is still the country that relies most on the port. So the impact will be big even before the entire project is completed i.e. to UG and beyond.

In 2015 the port handled 1,076,188 TEUs a 6.3 per cent increase from 2014.

2nd container terminal phase I completed in 2016, Phase II to be completed in 2017 and Phase III 2020 where capacity in Mombasa is gonna be 2.5 million TEUs.
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If my math is right this means that of the 2700 km meter-gauge the most-used 972 km will be shut down when the 971 km SGR fully opens? So while there'll still be more meter gauge in term of km of tracks the km traveled by trains every year will be clearly mostly SGR?

Has there been any plans to convert the Magadi line to standard gauge?
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The concessionaire is under performing, unprofitable and has been involved in "questionable" business practices. Running a colonial meter-gauge does not have to be unprofitable. CAMrail operating under similar but smaller market conditions has been profitable. Most probably rail lines in urban areas will continue to be used and eventually see investments to improve urban and commuter transit in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi. Converting them to SGR would not be viable because of small curve radii and the alignment of rail corridors in urban areas.

I suspect that the current concessionaire is holding out to later claim compensation for 'loss of business'.
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So this railway will go from Mombasa to Uganda, the DRC, South Sudan and Rwanda in the future.

And most of those countries depend primarily on Mombasa for cargo but statistics show that

Port of Mombasa (2015)
Total throughput 26.732 million tons(+7.5%)
7.667 million tons in transit cargo (+8.2%)
5.977 million tons - Uganda (+8.2%)
702,531 tons - South Sudan (-7.7%) should increase by a lot since Machar has returned to Juba.
291,924 tons - Rwanda (+23.7%)

So Kenya remains with most of the 19.065 million tons left. Which means that while this railway is big for East Africa, Kenya is still the country that relies most on the port. So the impact will be big even before the entire project is completed i.e. to UG and beyond.
I remember reading somewhere that Rwanda now prefers an alternative access via Tanzania. Probably makes sense for them as that route would be shorter and perhaps more importantly only two countries would be involved instead of three. Easier to manage and less risk of political instability.
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I remember reading somewhere that Rwanda now prefers an alternative access via Tanzania. Probably makes sense for them as that route would be shorter and perhaps more importantly only two countries would be involved instead of three. Easier to manage and less risk of political instability.
It's a PPP project that currently lacks a private partner to finance a 1,400 km long railway to move a meager 2 million tonnes per year.
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Old July 2nd, 2016, 08:20 PM   #232
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I remember reading somewhere that Rwanda now prefers an alternative access via Tanzania. Probably makes sense for them as that route would be shorter and perhaps more importantly only two countries would be involved instead of three. Easier to manage and less risk of political instability.
But for Rwanda it does make more sense to use Dar over Mombasa as it is closer.

It would also be cheaper for Rwanda to build a railway line to Dar first because of the relatively flatter terrain and thus cost.

I wouldnt use the words political instability/risk though..

I would say this Rwanda and Tanzania have historically never gotten along politically, diplomatically whatever these guys have never gotten along, never.

If we talk about 3 countries just because its Africa doesnt mean the risk of instability is higher. If we were talking about Somalia then yeah but Kenya, UG and Rwanda nah. The three countries also have a closer level of cooperation than any other countries in the region. And warmer relations.

Anyway Rwanda and the top government officials prefer Kenya and Uganda to TZ (in terms of relations etc). Why? Please google that it would take too long to explain everything.
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Sure, I don't know all the complexities of inter country relations in Africa... Just meant that in the case of the Northern route they also have to rely on Uganda and probably pay them something for transit.

The landlocked countries in Africa need a new reliable railway even more than Kenya or Tanzania. Expensive now to import or export anything from there.
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Very impressive the new stations.
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China-fund railway technology course benefits Kenyan youth



More than one hundred Kenyan youth drawn from mid-level colleges and universities are the latest beneficiaries of a railway technology course sponsored by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).

The youth were on Monday awarded certificates after completing the four month course that covered basic locomotive and rolling stock engineering, telecommunications control and transport management.

The CRBC sponsored railway technology course for Kenyan youth was conducted by tutors from China's Southwest Jiaotong University.

The construction firm will offer a five month internship to the trainees who will be placed at different sections of the SGR project to familiarize them with practical elements of railway transport.
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If my math is right this means that of the 2700 km meter-gauge the most-used 972 km will be shut down when the 971 km SGR fully opens? So while there'll still be more meter gauge in term of km of tracks the km traveled by trains every year will be clearly mostly SGR?

Has there been any plans to convert the Magadi line to standard gauge?
I doubt that metre gauge line will be shut down there's a concession agreement between Kenya Railways and Rift Valley Railways (RVR) where RVR won the contract to operate on the line for 25 years. The contract ends somewhere in the 2020s maybe a little later I dont remember.

Yes most of the stuff will be mostly cleared by SGR.

The magadi line is probably owned by Tata Chemicals meaning that they are probably the ones that will decide.
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Nairobi South Station


(Looks like they also might use these renders but the other ones on Kenya Railways' official facebook page, these renders, are better, Anyway lets see what happens.)



Nairobi South Station




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Nairobi Train Depot


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Miaseny Station


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Mombasa-Nairobi railway wins acclaims from African diplomats

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Standard Gauge Railway
Phase I


Commencement: December 2014
Completion: Moved from Mid 2018 to 2017
Connecting: Mombasa and Nairobi
Distance: 485km approx.
Amount of track: 609km
Railway stations: 40 (total number 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)

Nairobi South Station

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structural frame of Nairobi South Station completed on August 23, 2016.

Port Reitz Station

Mombasa Port Station is officially known as Port Reitz Station




Voi Station


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Mtito Andei Station

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Mariakani Station

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