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Austrian company lands deal to construct sh 5.8billion cable car project in mombasa

13. February 2018

Austrian technology company Doppelmayr Group has won a contract to set up the Sh5.8 billion  Likoni cable car project

Doppelmayr/Garaventa is renown for technological quality and as a market leader in engineering, operating production plants as well as sales and service centres in over 40 countries worlwide and having built  more than 14,800 installations for customers in 92 nations.

Innovative transport systems from Doppelmayr/Garaventa continually set new standards.It is the firm's flexibility, know-how and pioneering spirit that has made it ideally equipped to meet all the challenges of traditional and new markets even in Kenya. 

Top comfort and safety define their installations – in summer and winter tourism regions as well as in the urban transit sector. The firm's material transport systems and ropeways for preventive avalanche blasting, offer impressive efficiency and performance.

The said Austrian firm will commence with the cable car project in May this year and complete it in the year 2020.With this firm, Kenya has settled for top quality in modern design, user-friendly solutions and optimum service  right from the initial idea to the completion of the project and beyond.

The contract was signed in December between the sponsor of the project Trapos Limited and the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS). Land on which masts to support the cable cars will stand has been identified and the deal to acquire it is in the final phase.

The 22 cable cars will transit the 500 meter channel in approximately three minutes, with a capacity of 38 passengers in each cabin and will therefore carry 11,000 commuters per hour each trip totaling to 180,00 passengers on a daily basis at a fare ranging between Sh20 to Sh100.

The cable cars will come to the rescue of the already overstretched Likoni channel and Mtongwe which are the only connection to the South Coast with the former being used by 330,000 passengers and more than 6,000 vehicles daily.

READ (Business Daily): Likoni cable car closer to reality as KFS finalises construction deal