Nairobi — Fresh tenders have been invited for the construction of a fish cold storage plant at Faza in Lamu East District.
Construction was stopped last year due to poor workmanship by the contractor.
Fisheries Development Minister Amason Kingi said the project is among those the ministry was undertaking in Coast to exploit the country’s fish potential.
“I visited several projects at the coast last year and found that some contractors were doing shoddy work. I terminated their contracts,” Mr Kingi said recently.
The contracts for cold storage at Shimoni in Kwale and another in Kilifi were also terminated for similar reasons.
The minister said the one being built in Old Town, Mombasa, would be complete in a few months at a cost of Sh10 million each.
According to an advertisement in the Nation recently, the successful bidder will supply two refrigeration plants and two cold rooms with rugged doors, wall ceiling, floor insulation, control panel with auxiliary equipment and wall finishes in aluminium sheet.
Plumbing and drainage
The works will comprise one ice block making plant and one ice flakes making machine, with plumbing and drainage.
“Contractors with on-going projects or whose work is delayed and those served with notice of default will be automatically disqualified,” said the advertisement.
Also, contractors whose quotation is 10 per cent more or less than the official estimate will not be considered.
The fish industry remains largely untapped, particularly marine at the coast, due to lack of cold storage and equipment for deep-sea fishing.
Security to fishermen
According to the Economic Survey 2010, total earnings from fish rose from Sh11.5 billion in 2008 to Sh12 billion in 2009, which was attributed to good domestic and export market prices.
Mr Kingi said a coast guard will be formed after receiving Cabinet approval, to provide security to fishermen, who currently depend on the Navy and the Marine Police.
Source: nation.co.ke/ Image: blogs.nature