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Lamu Port and New Transport Corridor Development to Southern Sudan and Ethiopia (LAPSSET).

project profile


The project involves the development of a new transport corridor from the new port of Lamu through Garissa, Isiolo, Mararal, Lodwar and Lokichoggio to branch at Isiolo to Ethiopia and Southern Sudan.

This will comprise of a new road network, a railway line, oil refinery at Lamu, oil pipeline, Isiolo and Lamu Airports and a free port at Lamu (Manda Bay) in addition to resort cities at the coast and in Isiolo. It will be the backbone for opening up Northern Kenya and integrating it into the national economy.
project overview


Implementing Ministry (MDAS):
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) areas
project progress


Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project has already been launched. H. E. Presidents MwaiKibaki and Gen. SalvaKiir of Southern Sudan were joined by the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, MelesZenawi, for the formal ground breaking ceremony held in Lamu on March 2, 2012.

The MoUs for the proposed railway and pipeline were signed between the Government of Kenya and Ethiopia and South Sudan, respectively. The World Bank has funded the feasibility study and design of the transport corridor linking Kenya to Southern Sudan. Feasibility studies for corridor components and the design of three (3) berths and associated facilities in Lamu are complete.

The Kenya government has set aside Kshs.2 billion for the construction of the three berths. Tendering process for the construction of the three berths is ongoing.

The Lamu Port headquarters is 80% complete and the due date is June 2013.

The second phase of construction of the port which includes police lines and staff houses will be completed in June 2014.



  1. Fostering transport linkage between Kenya, Southern Sudan and Ethiopia.
  2. Dynamic promotion of regional socioeconomic development along transport corridor especially in the hitherto under served Northern, Eastern and North – Eastern parts of Kenya.
  3. Promote economic development of the region through enhanced cross – border trade.

project benefits


  • Competitiveness in global maritime trade.
  • Promotion of international trade.
  • Link East and Central African region to the International Markets.
project components


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