NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes says oil transportation from Lokichar will resume on August 22, 2018, following a deal to resolve insecurity and jobs issues in Turkana between stakeholders and oil and gas explorer, Tullow Oil.
This is after Tullow oil resumed its oil and gas development activities in Turkana County after 45 days with the stalemate costing about Sh400 million.
Munyes says the resumption follows extensive consultations with Ministry of Interior, host community representatives, Turkana leadership, National Government and Tullow Kenya.
The consultations have seen two committees established in a bid to deal with the issues; the Turkana Grievances Management Committee and the IInter-MinisterialEscalation and Support Committee.
“The only way that our people will benefit from this resource is through ensuring that oil activities are carried out in a harmonious, stable and secure environment. As leaders we have a responsibility to ensure that the resource becomes a blessing not only to us today but also for the future generation,” he said in a press conference.
He said the supply of clean water, which was part of Tullow Oil corporate social responsibility to the residents, has also resumed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first consignment of crude oil destined for export from Kenya in June 2018 which will lead to oil becoming a major contributor to the nation’s economy.
Kenya is using the Early Oil Pilot Scheme to establish itself as a crude oil exporter in the region and provide valuable information for future exploration and development.
During the pilot period, 2,000 barrels of oil per day are being transported to Mombasa by road from Turkana and stored at the Kenya Petroleum Refinery facility in Changamwe, Mombasa.