Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has invited bids to build an oil jetty on Lake Victoria as it seeks to improve flow of petroleum products in the areas around the lake including to the neighboring countries, Standard Digital informed.

The jetty is set to commence in March 2017 and will take six months to be built. In addition, it is expected to sharpen Kenya’s competitive edge in fuel supply to regional markets, according to Business Daily.

The company’s Managing Director, Joe Sang, said: “Construction of the jetty is now commercially feasible following completion of Line 6 (Sinendet-Kisumu), which has increased product flow to Kisumu depot by 350,000 liters per hour from the previous 110,000 liters per hour.”

The jetty is expected to boost output in Kisumu by 1m liters a year in phase 1 and up to 3m liters a year by 2028.

The project follows completion of a 122-km pipeline from Sinendet in Nakuru to Kisumu in April 2016, which has increased fuel supply to Western Kenya and exports to Uganda, the DRC, Rwanda, Northern Tanzania, and Burundi.