21 June 2017 … Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has initiated an environmental assessment study to establish the extent of damage along the Nakuru-Kisumu oil pipeline (Line 6), which had a leak in Koru, Muhoroni following attempted siphoning of fuel by a rogue oil marketer. The study follows the completion of repairs on the line on Saturday evening, with KPC’s safety and environment team having already taken over the site for remedial action.
Once the leak was detected, families who were in close proximity to the leak were immediately relocated to a safer area to enable KPC undertake a clean-up exercise. To further mitigate against any further risks, KPC has held public barazas with the local administrators including area chiefs and the local community to sensitize them on safety and security issues as far as petroleum product is concerned. Under KPC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, food and clean water has also been provided to the affected families as investigations and environmental clean-up continues.
Even as the culprits are brought to book, KPC is working hand in hand with NEMA’s accredited laboratories to expedite the clean-up and ensure that no further damage is done to the environment. NEMA will also monitor KPC’s rehabilitation efforts to ensure that the area is reinstated to its original condition.
KPC was alerted about the leakage on Friday and teams were quickly mobilised from Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret to deal with the leak and secure the line. Upon arrival, the team established that the leak was as a result of an illegal connection with a network of pipes leading to a petrol station labelled Hess Energy Kenya about 100 metres away.
Upon further investigations and working in collaboration with security agents, we were able to establish that an adjacent home and a petrol station were leased to facilitate the siphoning operations. The tenant had illegally connected siphoning equipment to the pipeline running underground piping through the house to storage tanks at the petrol station.
The leakage was therefore as a result of sabotage and illegal connection to the line, with specialized siphoning equipment. KPC has already forwarded the matter to the investigative agencies while the devices used to siphon and transfer product are in police custody. The Company will continue to cooperate with the police and other authorities to bring all the culprits involved to book.