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Tullow and Kenya Agree to Restart Crude by Road Shipments

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The transport of crude from Kenya’s oilfields in the Lokichar Basin will resume. This news comes after Tullow Oil and the Kenyan government reached an agreement on the resumption of shipments by road.

Road shipments were halted for more than a month after protests by the community who were demanding more security.

Tullow and its partners, Africa Oil Corp. and Total, were shipping roughly 2,000 bpd of crude by truck to the coast. The oil shipped came from the testing of production flow rates. The truck scheme was to be used until the start of full production and the construction of a pipeline from the fields to the Kenyan coast is complete.

“It was agreed that the operations of the ongoing oil development in Turkana County commence forthwith without undue delay,” John Mosonik, chief administrative secretary at the Petroleum and Mining Ministry, said in a statement late on August 7. “The government has further 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.”