Tullow oil set to resume operations in Turkana

Written By: Caroline Njenga
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Tullow Oil is set to resume operations in Turkana County following a consultative meeting with the government where the two parties agreed to resolve grievances that had halted crude oil production and trucking.

Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Eng. John Mosonik says a two-tiered system framework will be established to provide communities living in Turkana County and Tullow Oil with avenues for addressing any emerging issues and concerns.

Three weeks ago, Tullow Oil halted crude oil exploration and production as well as trucking of crude from Lokichar to Mombasa citing security concerns.

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Tullow Oil indicated that it would resume operations once the government improves the security situation on the ground.

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Following a consultative meeting held between the Government and Tullow Kenya, the latter has agreed to resume crude oil production and trucking and has dispatched an advance team to Turkana County.

A statement from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining indicated that the government has reached an agreement with the company which will address the grievances that stalled the transportation of the commodity to Mombasa.

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Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Chief Administrative Secretary Eng. John Mosonik says the government has “resolved to establish a two-tiered system framework that will provide communities living in Turkana County and Tullow Oil with avenues for addressing any emerging issues and concerns”.

Mosonik further says the government is committed to foster a harmonious, sustainable, stable and secure operating environment with regard to all operations around the oil, gas and minerals sectors in the Republic of Kenya.

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The firm will resume transporting approximately 600 barrels of crude per day with this expected to steadily increase to 2,000 barrels per day once the Early Oil Production System is fully operational and production testing commences at the Amosing production facility.

The firm is expected to make its final investment decision next year.

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