Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli (AGIP) — General Italian Oil Company to build desalination plant in Siu – Pate Island

Residents of Siu – Pate Island will soon get fresh water from desalination plant which will be built by Italian Oil Company.

The project is been funded by Agip (Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli—General Italian Oil Company).

The contact of this project is awarded to Basis Africa limited is set to be completed in a six month time and will produce 2500 liters of fresh water every hour.

“We have already done the drilling and now we have ordered the equipment from U.S.A to start the work anytime”, said Iain Brewster who is the director of the Basis Africa.

On Monday Lamu governor Issa Timamy accompanied by Italian ambassador to Kenya Mauro Masoni with the General Manager of Agip to Kenya Lucker Dragoneti visited Siu village.

Lamu governor Issa Timamy said water is a big challenge in Siu village Pate-island which all underground water is saline.

“This is a timely project for the people in this area, so on my on beahalf, on behalf of the county government of Lamu and on behalf in particular of the resident of this village they really want to appreciate the very kind gesture of allocating the project here“ said Timamy.

Timamy assured the Italians that their friendship will continue and he will make sure that all that is required by way of authority and licensing is to be obtained in time.

He further said, the people of Siu have been waiting for a very long time and it is time to get the project started.

Addressing the gathering at Siu, Italian ambassador to Kenya Mauro Masoni thanked the governor and the representative of Agip for implementing the project in Siu.

“I think it is extremely important to realize a project like this in a very dry island and I believe with this project your life will improve,” said the ambassador.

The Italian ambassador requested the people of Kenya to avoid any form of violence ahead of the forthcoming general election.

“This is a democratic country so you are free to vote for the candidate that you like, the important thing is to avoid any form of violence, “said the Italian Ambassador  

He further said that if violence occurs, it’s the ordinary people that will suffer and projects like these will not be implemented any more.

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