Tullow to resume crude oil transportation Aug.22

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Tullow is expected to resume transportation of crude oil from to Mombasa by August 22, 2018, Cabinet Secretary Petroleum and Mining, John Munyes revealed at a press conference.

Transport of the oil by road was halted a week after it started on June 3, following protests by area residents and leaders, including Members of Parliament, claiming that the Government had defaulted on its role to beef up security in the region.

According to Munyes, “We are signing a return to work formula with the different stakeholders. Tullow and the other companies working on the project are at the moment remobilising their staff and equipment back to Lokichar, which will take about a week. By Wednesday we should be able to start again”.

In a bid to deal with the issues, the resumption follows immense consultations with Ministry of Interior, host community representatives, Turkana leadership, National Government and Tullow Kenya, which have seen two committees established in the Turkana Grievances Management Committee and the IInter-MinisterialEscalation and Support Committee.

He indicated that, “As leaders we have a responsibility to ensure that the resource becomes a blessing not only to us today but also for the future generation.”

Adding that the supply of clean water, which was part of Tullow Oil corporate social responsibility to the residents, has also resumed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first consignment of crude oil destined for export from Kenya in June 2018 which will lead to oil becoming a major contributor to the nation’s economy.

Kenya is using the Early Oil Pilot Scheme to establish itself as a crude oil exporter in the region and provide valuable information for future exploration and development.

Munyes also added that 600 barrels of crude oil being moved by Tullow per day will be scaled to reach 2,000 barrels per day by end of this year.

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