The only two things Kenya can really invest in are its infrastructure and its people. Those are its two main advantages on the continent, a strategic location smack in the middle of a vibrant region and a comparatively significant human resource base, to make it succeed in future.èđđeůx;81902584 said:roads & rail are getting attention and investment. The next fight is airports, especially JKIA.:guns1:
The only two things Kenya can really invest in are its infrastructure and its people. Those are its two main advantages on the continent, a strategic location smack in the middle of a vibrant region and a comparatively significant human resource base, to make it succeed in future.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/rift-valley-funding.htmlRift Valley funding
08 September 2011
AFRICA: A US$165m package of funding towards a US$287m five-year programme of capital investment in the railway linking the Kenyan port of Mombasa to the Ugandan capital Kampala was signed by Rift Valley Railways, the two governments, six development organisations and a local bank on August 4.
Now owned by Citadel Capital of Egypt (51%), TransCentury of Kenya (34%) and Bomi Holdings of Uganda (15%), RVR operates the 2350 km network under a 25-year concession signed in 2006. A joint statement from the governments after the signing of the funding agreement said they were ‘happy to report that RVR has shown commitment in meeting its obligations and improving rail services in the two countries.’
The plan to invest in passing loops and track maintenance, locomotive reliability, workshop modernisation and wagon upgrading and acquisitions has been developed in conjunction with América Latina Logística. It aims to lower shipping costs and cut transit times with a view to growing rail’s share of the freight market from the current 10%, increasing traffic from 1·5 million tonnes/year to 5 million tonnes by 2015.
‘Our rehabilitation programme, which we kick-started in November 2010, has already delivered impressive early results,’ said RVR Group CEO Brown Ondego. Net tonne-km in the first half of 2011 was up 9% from the same period in 2010, while turnaround times on the strategic Mombasa – Kampala route dropped 27%, improving asset utilisation
US business firm General Electric has secured an agreement with Kenya to repair train locomotives and aircraft.
The memorandum will also see the company provide technical expertise to Kenyans.
This comes five months after the US firm set up a regional office in Nairobi.
“We want to get expertise in repairing some of these complex machines and other sophisticated tools as we seek to industrialise,” Vision 2030 secretariat director Mugo Kibati said.
He added that this would be an opportunity for Numerical Machining Complex (NMC), the government technical training centre, to upgrade and start using some of the facilities that have hitherto been under utilised for lack of specialised training.
He said NMC has facilities only comparable to South Africa and if well utilised, Kenya would soon start producing spare parts for various machines.
I would have preferred to see a Japanese or European company on this project, but it's still good.èđđeůx;91848561 said:US firm signs deal to repair Kenya trains
Actually GE Transportation (GE's railroad manufacturing division) is quite involved in the rail industry. It dominates the North American market for diesel-electric locomotives, and produces signaling equipment, parts for locomotives, and even has a hybrid diesel-electric in the making. So I think it's a good choice that Kenya will definitely benefit from greatly.:yes:I would have preferred to see a Japanese or European company on this project, but it's still good.
I am probably biased since I worked in that sector some time back, European companies are simply top notch when it comes to that.èđđeůx;91898293 said:Actually GE Transportation (GE's railroad manufacturing division) is quite involved in the rail industry. It dominates the North American market for diesel-electric locomotives, and produces signaling equipment, parts for locomotives, and even has a hybrid diesel-electric in the making. So I think it's a good choice that Kenya will definitely benefit from greatly.:yes:
His focus then shifted to what is set to become one of the government’s great revival projects – resurrecting the country’s expansive railway operations that had remained dormant for more than two decades.
This includes restoring and refurbishing the old railway line between Naivasha and Malaba, as well as linking it with the SGR.
This will ensure a seamless rail system for both passengers and cargo between Mombasa and Malaba. The initiative is expected to stimulate the economy as well as ease cargo movement to neighbouring landlocked countries using the Port of Mombasa.
Mainga has recalled more than 2,000 former Kenya Railways employees to help.
He is currently overseeing construction of a metre gauge railway from Naivasha to Longonot, to be connected to the SGR. “The line is almost 60 per cent complete,” Mainga said.
Rehabilitation works are also underway on the Nakuru-Kisumu stretch.
“By April or May next year, Kenya Railways will have connected the SGR from Mombasa all way to Malaba where we will have a seamless operational train,” the MD said.
The line is expected to increase agricultural exports such as tea and coffee. It will also serve factories in Rift Valley and western Kenya and the fish industry in Kisumu, with ripple effects across the economy.
He is also focused on reviving railway lines in Butere, Eldoret, Kitale and the Voi-Taveta line to increase cargo movement between Kenya and Tanzania through the Taveta-Holili border.
KRC refurbished the Nairobi-Nanyuki line where it is running two to three cargo trains.
Passenger operations have also started with two trains a week. The project will expand the Central Kenya economy, mainly in agriculture and tourism.
Mainga has given expensive contractors a wide berth, ensuring refurbishment of these railway lines is achieved at minimal cost.
For instance, for the Nairobi-Nanyuki line, the contractor had quoted Sh18 billion but was done with Sh1.8 billion.
The Kisumu route was quoted at Sh20 billion but KRC, using its internal engineers and local labour, is refurbishing it for about Sh3 billion.
Within a year, KRC has rehabilitated more than 800km of rail.
“By June 2021, we will have only a few linkages remaining, according to the master plan.
“I have almost fully integrated the rail network within the country that will spur economic growth and movement of people in a cheaper, efficient and safe way,” Mainga said.
Plans are also underway to develop a Railway City within Nairobi Station that will include government offices, parking silos, office blocks and commercial centres.
“We have a master plan,” Mainga said. “We have received about 60 bidders for the Railway City from both local and foreign investors.”
My Favorite Part from the article:While there is no journey without challenges, one of Mainga’s uphill tasks was taking back the metre gauge railway operations from Rift Valley Railways. He started the move when he was in charge of business and operations.
It saw KRC resume operations on the 100-year-old line, with all the workers from RVR transferred to the corporation.
“That was one of the biggest challenges,” Mainga said. “It was a government asset that was being mismanaged and misused and we had to get it back,” he said.
“It is one of the best things when I look back. I enjoy it because there is nothing like seeing a government asset being revived and bringing back employment and investments that were lost in different parts of this country.”
Continued here: MD Mainga drives railway growth and revivalMainga is also overseeing the gradual taking over of SGR operations by Kenyans from the Chinese, expected to be completed in 2022.
Looking at the reopening of schools, it got me thinking that KR should have been the main mode of back to school transport for roughly 60% of boarding institutions in this country. Most of the older and larger schools were built along or within a 20 km radius of the railway lines during the colonial period. Infact this was the main mode of transport for majority of students until the 60s and 70s reporting to boarding school with pupils as far as Uganda using the train services. They should partner with individual institutions to reduce rates for kids and take back their rightful position as the choice mode of transport for these pupils.
Nowadays students at St Andrews Turi fly into school with choppers and small charter planes.It's interesting watching the revamping of our rail system. We let a good infrastructure go to waste for many years and it is encouraging to see things come back. It's obvious that there is a demand for rail services, both cargo and passenger. Indeed, most students travelled by rail to and from boarding schools, and I was one of them. I recall riding the train through Turi and watching St. Andrew's students boarding their own special train. Some schools, like St. Andrew's, would hire trains to ferry their students to and from Uganda and even Tanzania.