Petroleum and Mining Cupboard Secretary John Munyes has mentioned that oil exploration remains to be on in Kenya and that Tullow Oil has not withdrawn from the nation as it’s been alleged by some folks.
Talking to journalists, Mr Munyes mentioned oil manufacturing and transportation had been barely hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic and pure calamities like floods.
He mentioned these challenges stopped the early oil pilot scheme (EOPS) after the street connecting Turkana and West Pokot was swept away by heavy floods and landslides, disconnecting the A1 street. He additionally cited challenges within the international oil market.
As well as, CS Munyes mentioned they’ve fashioned a consortium of gamers recognized Undertaking Oil Kenya comprising Africa Oil, Whole Kenya, Tullow Oil and the nationwide authorities which is able to see Kenya realise its dream of becoming a member of oil exporting international locations on this planet.
However Mr Munyes mentioned that if Tullow needs to withdraw from the consortium, then it is going to promote its shares to an organization of its selection.
CS Munyes was responding to rumours that Tullow has closed its operations within the oil basin, lowered its workers and stopped the EOPS operations.
Presently, the nationwide authorities is taking a look at a much bigger plan for the oil exploration between 2022 and 2023.
It intends to take care of greater corporations like Whole Kenya, Shell or Chinese language corporations which is able to produce the oil in a big scale and which will likely be transported to Lamu by means of the pipeline whose plan is underway.
Gabriel Ekalale, the CEO of Asegisi, a group primarily based organisation that offers with environmental points on the oil basin, says residents of Turkana needs to be concerned within the transition interval when a brand new firm takes over on the oil basin. This, he says, will assist keep away from extra issues from the group because it occurred with Tullow up to now.