KISUMU, Kenya, March 4 – The Kenya Pipeline Company has finally contained the oil spill that was detected along the Sinendet-Kisumu oil pipeline in the Kanyamedha region on Thursday.
Pipeline Company chief executive Macharia Irungu said in a statement on Friday that the emergency response team was dispatched to the site following the incident, where emergency procedures were immediately initiated. .
“Among them is the containment and recovery of hydrocarbons by cross-linking the product to Pumping Station (PS) 28 in Kisumu to prevent it from spreading further,” Irungu said.
He called on residents to stay away from the site to allow the KPC team to undertake repairs to minimize the risk of a spill.
“KPC is working closely with the provincial administration, OCPD police and other relevant government bodies to ensure the safety of members of the public,” he said.
Irungu assured members of the public that the incident did not affect the availability of petroleum products either in the country or in the region.
He added that the company has sufficient stocks of all grades in depots across the country.
The KPC MD said it will continue to share regular updates on this incident, and it is resolved.
On Friday, residents of Obunga and Kanyamedha in Kisumu defied police orders to siphon off fuel after last night’s explosion.
Residents armed with jerry cans say the cost of living has driven them to collect the leaking oil.
What caused the burst is still under investigation.