NLC to acquire 6000 acres for crude oil pipeline construction

Written By: O'brien Kimani

NLC to acquire 6000 acres for pipeline construction

The dispute surrounding acquisition of land for construction of the planned crude oil pipeline will now be resolved by a team of experts drawn from the national government, County Government of Turkana and the National Land Commission (NLC).

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Petroleum and Mining Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau says the team will look into all issues facing the planned multi-billion shillings oil pipeline project following threats by some landowners to disrupt the project citing lack of consultation.

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A gazette notice issued by the NLC on the 15th of last month now threatens to derail the multi-billion shillings oil pipeline and development of more oil fields in the Turkana County.

The gazette notice said the government will acquire 6,000 acres of land for the development of the pipeline between Lokichar and the Port of Lamu.

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NLC said the land acquisition was likely to affect 516 families.

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However, some landowners say the land acquisition process has not been consultative arguing that the land in question is community land and a proper compensation plan should be drafted.

Following hours of closed day consultations, the three parties have agreed to appoint a team that will engage all stakeholders in the project to come up with an amicable solution.

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Tullow Oil has expressed concerns over delays in land acquisition saying this is affecting their development plans.

The oil miner has been forced to delay the development of more oil fields due to setbacks experienced during the plans to construct the 800 km oil pipeline.

Tullow Oil says it plans to commence the construction of the multi-billion shilling pipeline mid this year, with completion time expected to be 2023.


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