, NAIROBI, Kenya, March 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Monday expected to hold talks with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on the construction of the Kenya-Uganda oil pipeline.
According to Statehouse Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, this is a key factor in the Northern Corridor Infrastructure Projects.
Esipisu stated that Uganda’s oil producers – Irish company Tullow Oil, French company Total and China’s CNOC – have also been invited to the meeting, which will be held at State House, Nairobi.
“The pipeline project was designed to move crude oil from the oilfields of Hoima to the Port of Lamu, through Kenya’s own oilfields at Lokichar,” he said.
In a communiqué issued after President Kenyatta’s State Visit to Uganda last August, the two leaders said the development of a crude oil export pipeline needed to be implemented expeditiously.
The statement indicated that the move was meant to ensure there is no delay in commercializing especially Uganda’s petroleum resources which were discovered nine years ago.
In construction of the pipeline, Kenya favours the “northern route” through Lokichar, because as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project, it would transform infrastructure and the way of life of the people in the towns and counties across its path.