Tullow to construct oil pipeline in Kenya

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Tullow Oil aims to complete the construction of a $1 billion oil pipeline in Kenya by 2022.

According to the multinational oil and gas company, the 821km pipeline will transport around 80 000 barrels of oil per day from the Lokichar oilfields in Northern Kenya to the Lamu seaport.

Since 2012, Kenya has struck 750 million barrels of commercially viable oil, with ongoing exploration showing that the number could potentially increase to over one billion barrels.

“Early oil project is not a commercial venture, it’s about finding out exactly what are the requirements from a logistical point of view and a social point of view on what we will need to produce full field,” said Andrew Kamau, Principal Secretary, State Department of Petroleum.

Kenya’s early oil export project currently transports 600 barrels of oil per day from the Turkana oilfields by road to the Mombasa port for storage, ahead of shipments which are expected to begin in mid 2019.