Kenya settles on contractor for $57m cable cars

Friday February 9 2018

Cable car.

Passengers ride a cable car in Kathmandu, Nepal, on February 3, 2018. The Kenyan government has settled on a contractor for the Likoni cable cars project. PHOTO | PRAKASH MATHEMA | AFP 

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The Kenyan government has settled on a contractor for the Ksh5.8 billion ($57.2 million) Likoni cable cars project.

Doppelmayr Group will start construction in May. The Austrian-based company handles technology projects.

Construction will take two years with commuters expected to start enjoying cable car services from 2020.

Trapos Limited, who are the sponsors of the project, and the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) signed the concession agreement of the multi-billion shilling project last December.

KFS managing director Bakari Gowa on Thursday said the agency is finalising on land to be used to erect a mast to support the cable cars.

“The issues we are handling now are minor ones because the land has been identified. Another issue is the appointment of directors who will represent the KFS to the Likoni Cable Cars Ltd,” said Mr Gowa.


According to the agreement, once Trapos Ltd settles on the investor, the project will be handled by Likoni Cable Cars Express Ltd, which will manage it for 25 years.

“After the 25 years concession, KFS or any eligible company will upgrade, maintain and ensure delivery to the