Nairobi: Tenders for conducting environmental and social impact assessments and engineering designs for some road sections that form Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia transport corridor (Lapsset) have been floated. This kicks off the Lapsset project that will see Kenya connected to southern Sudan and Ethiopia through a mega infrastructure project estimated to cost $25 billion (about Sh2.5 trillion) to improve trade between the neighbours.
Kenya recently signed a loan agreement with African Development Bank of Sh12 billion to build the loop between Turbi and Moyale.
“The government has received financing from the African Development Fund towards the cost of Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis road corridor development project phase 3, upgrading the Turbi-Moyale road (A2) section, and intends to apply for part of the proceeds of this loan to payments under the contract for consultancy services,” the advertisement in Wednesday’s Daily Nation said.
Successful bidders will carry out an environmental and social impact assessment study and detailed engineering design for Lamu to Garissa (263km), Garissa to Isiolo (305km), and Isiolo to Nyinyang (217km), which form part of the Lapsset project.
Also covered is the 55-kilometre Kitale-Endebess-Suam road sector.