Gov’t forms committee to address oil exploration in Turkana

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The government has formed a committee comprising local leaders and residents in Turkana County to address various grievances arising from oil exploration activities in the area.

Trucking of oil from Lokichar to Mombasa is expected to resume before the end of the month after the government and Tullow Kenya agreed to resolve the standoff that has cost tax payers close to 400 million shillings in the last one month.

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Two months ago, President Kenyatta flagged off oil trucking from Ngamia 8 in Lokichar, Turkana County to Mombasa, but three weeks later, activities at the Turkana oilfields were bogged down by hostility from locals over insecurity and unemployment.

This saw Tullow Oil temporarily suspend exploration, production and oil trucking. Following a consultative meeting between the government and Tullow Kenya, the two parties agreed to resolve the grievances.

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Petroleum and Mining Cabinet secretary John Munyes says trucking of crude oil will resume next week, adding that the forty-five-day stalemate has cost tax payers close to 400 million shillings.

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Tullow Oil is expected to resume transportation of six hundred barrels per day with a long-term target of trucking 2,000 barrels daily.

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Munyes further says the ministry will set up a liaison office in Turkana County as part of its commitment to continuous engagement with the community.

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