Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said the ground breaking ceremony for Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor will be held in February next year to open up Coast, Eastern and Northern Kenya regions.
The PM noted that the multi-trillion shilling project will enable the country exploit the vast resources in the region in a move aimed at catapulting the country into a medium income economy by 2030.
He was upbeat that the construction of Lamu Port and the transport corridor through Isiolo, Moyale and Turkana will open up development prospects in Northern Kenya, linking it to Southern Sudan and Ethiopia.
"The project will have a transport corridor linking it with Ethiopia and South Sudan. Besides the port, the project also incorporates an oil refinery at Isiolo”, he said. (Read more on Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation – KBC)
According to ArchitectureKenya.com, the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project has the following components:
- Lamu Port and Manda Bay
- Standard gauge railway line to Juba
- Road network
- Oil pipelines (Southern Sudan and Ethiopia)
- Oil refinery at Lamu
- Three Airports
- Three resort cities (Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana shores)
The transport corridor is expected to serve an estimated population of 85 million Ethiopians and another 15 million from Southern Sudan. Once completed, LAPSSET is intended to increase business opportunities in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.