A multi-million oil pipeline is being constructed in Kenya as part of major economic programme.?
MV Pipe being wrapped and laid
SV Masai women with donkeys passing by jeep with construction company's name on side
CU & MV Lebanese and African workmen (2 shots)
SV Pipeline and ditch
SV Elephants in bush
CU & MV Ditch being dug
CU Masked workmen preparing wrapping for pipeline (6 shots)
CU & MV Wrapping machine in operation
MV Worker with Masai woman looking on, checking coating with detector (2 shots)
MV British workmen look on as bulldozer falls trench containing pipeline (5 shots)
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NOTE: THE STORY SERVICED UNDER TITLE 'KENYA: CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR OIL PIPELINE CONTINUES' ON 3 MARCH 1977, PRODUCTION NUMBER 1799/77, SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING METRIC CONVERSIONS. PLEASE CORRECT YOUR SCRIPT COPIES ACCORDINGLY.
FIRST PARAGRAPH OF FILM COMMENTARY (SHOTS 1 AND 2): 70 MILES (112 KILOMETRES).
THIRD PARAGRAPH OF COMMENTARY (SHOTS 6 AND 7): 300 MILES (483 KILOMETRES). 6,000 FEET (1,828 METRES). FOURTH PARAGRAPH OF COMMENTARY (SHOTS 8 AND 9): 14 INCH (35 CENTIMETRES).
1.4 MILLION TONS (1.42 MILLION METRIC TONS)
4.6 MILLION TONS (4.67 MILLION METRIC TONS).
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Background: A multi-million oil pipeline is being constructed in Kenya as part of major economic programme. When completed, the underground pipeline will carry refined oil products from Mombasa to the industrial areas of Nairobi.
SYNOPSIS: Work began on the pipeline last November in Nairobi. Already more than 70 miles of steel pipe have been laid. The project which is due to be completed by the end of next year will cost an estimated 100 million U.S. dollars. Local villagers in Kenya call it the Iron Snake.
Initially, international contractors supplied the main work force because of a lack of qualified local personnel. But a school was soon set up in Nairobi to train local engineers, foremen and technicians. The only major obstacle since the work began has been the heavy rainfall and sometimes the old elephant.
Kerosene and two grades of petrol will be pumped 300 miles inland from sea? level to an altitude of 6,000 feet. Kenya's rapid industrialisation and the growth of Nairobi as a major commercial and transport centre have made the pipeline necessary. At present oil is transported from Mombasa by rail and road, both cumbersome and uneconomic methods.
At first, the 14 inch diameter pipeline will carry 1.4 million tons of oil a year. Ultimately however, it should take some 4.6 million tons. The workmen are scheduled to lay 1.5 kilometre a day, eventually using up more than 28,000 metric tons of pipe.
The system is to be controlled at an operations centre in Nairobi. Communications throughout the entire system will be supervised by the East African Posts and Telecommunications centres. The World Bank provided most of the financial backing for the programme paying for construction, pipe supply, and communications equipment. But Kenya's banks, Britain and Japan were also heavy investors in the project.