, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Civicon, the engineering unit of TransCentury group has signed a two-year framework contract with Tullow Oil for the provision of civil engineering services in support of the drilling program in Northern Kenya.
Civicon Head of Business Ben Kiilu says the contract has an option for renewal for a further two years.
As part of the agreement, Civicon will construct enabling infrastructure like well pads, access roads, airstrips, water supply and camps as and when required.
“Signing this contract is a show of faith by Tullow Oil in local indigenous companies and demonstrates their commitment to local content and we are absolutely delighted to be involved,” Kiilu noted.
Kenya has recently discovered oil in the northern frontier district of Turkana, where Tullow Oil is spearheading a drilling campaign.
Last month, Tullow Oil announced fresh oil deposits at the Agete-1 exploration well in Block 13T in Lokichar Basin – Northern Kenya bringing to five the total discoveries.
Previous discoveries in the basin include Twiga South-1, Ekales-1, Ngamia-1 and Etuko.
The operator has eight more prospective wells to drill after success in the initial five.
In 2014, Tullow plans basin opening wells for North Lokichar and Kerio Valley.
Kiilu said Civicon will be maximizing the opportunities for engagement with the local community as part of the company’s long standing culture of promoting local involvement through employment, supply of materials and life support services.
Civicon is involved in construction of downstream oil and gas infrastructure such as fuel storage terminals, power generation like the Ormat Geothermal Power Plant in Naivasha and is the leading transporter of large project cargo in the region.
The company operates in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Congo DRC and has executed projects far afield as Djibouti and Yemen.