Plans are underway to increase Rwanda’s existing petroleum depot holding capacity from 31,500 cubic meters to 80,000 cubic meters, The New Times has learnt.
Government has already engaged some members of the private sector who should be contracted to expand this facility.
“We have three major investment proposals for petroleum depots to be finalized in the first quarter of next year,” Vincent Karega, Minister of Infrastructure told The New Times.
Government also plans to have an oil pipeline reach Kigali to ease the cost of petroleum transportation from the East African coast.
“The pipeline project to be developed by LAP Green has delayed to take off. We intend to review the matter early next year with Uganda, Kenya and the EAC Secretariat to decide on the best way forward,” Karega said.
According to a study commissioned in 2007, the proposed Eldoret-Kampala-Kigali oil pipeline would cost $193.6 million.
Science Application International Corp (SAIC), a U.S.-based company, was hired to conduct a feasibility study of the pipeline delivering the needed oil from Eldoret, through Kampala, to Kigali.
The study said Rwanda’s economy was growing at a pace that is surpassing the available supply of oil in the region.