Kenya

Kenya awards firms licence to drill for natural gas

October 13, 2017 | Drilling / Completions, Kenya

London, UK | –  Zarara Oil & Gas Ltd will start drilling two wells of natural gas after Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (Nema) approved environmental licences for well sinking on Pate Island off the coast in Lamu. This is in line with the government’s plan to expedite commercial gas production for power generation. The company has been set strict deadlines by the Ministry of Energy to start drilling Pate 2 by the end of the year and later Pate 3 as the government wants …

Tullow Oil strikes more oil deposits in northern Kenya

May 19, 2017 | Company Operations, Exploration / Discoveries, Kenya

London, UK | – UK exploration company Tullow Oil has encountered around 75m of net oil deposits at an exploration well in Northern Kenya. The company found the new deposits at the Emekuya-1 well in Block 13T after drilling a depth of 1,356m and penetrated reservoir quality Miocene sandstones, which correlate to those seen at another Etom-2 well, where oil deposits were discovered earlier. Objective of the Emekuya-1 was to drill a fault block on the flank of the Greater Etom structure. Tullow Oil operates Blocks 13T and …

Tullow Oil plans possible extended exploration in Kenya

January 13, 2017 | Company Operations, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | – Britain’s independent oil exploration company Tullow Oil may extend its oil exploration activities in Kenya to four additional wells this year, depending on the assessment of results from the initial four wells. Tullow Oil struck Kenya’s first crude oil in Turkana County’s Lokichar Basin in 2012 and followed it with a string of other finds which have placed the country on the path to becoming an oil producer. The firm has commenced the four-well exploration and appraisal programme in the South …

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

January 10, 2017 | Biofuels, Kenya, Renewable Energy

Naivasha, Kenya | –  A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa’s first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation. The Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity – more than enough to cultivate its 706 hectares (1,740 acres) of vegetables and flowers, and with sufficient surplus to meet the power needs of 5,000-6,000 rural homes. The new plant generates not only electricity, but also heat …

Kenya, Sudan sign oil and mineral cooperation agreements

November 01, 2016 | East Africa, Kenya, Sudan & South Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan | – Kenya and Sudan have signed agreements to deepen the two country’s collaboration in oil and mining sector. Kenya is poised to gain from the agreements as the Sudan has made strides in petroleum and gas and mining sectors. The Sudan is an established oil exporting country and has made progress in mineral business with the government owned Sudan Gold Refinery in Khartoum producing 80 tonnes of pure gold in the last one year. President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Omar Hassan al-Bashir …

Kenya finalises agreement for development of crude oil pipeline

August 24, 2016 | Kenya, Pipelines

Nairobi, Kenya | –  Kenya has finalised an agreement with oil explorer Tullow Oil and its partners Africa Oil and A.P. Moller-Maersk for the development of a crude oil pipeline, as it bids to become an oil exporter, the president’s office said. Tullow and Africa Oil first struck oil in the Lokichar Basin in the country’s northwest in 2012. The recoverable reserves are an estimated 750 million barrels of crude. The two firms were 50-50 partners in blocks 10 BB and 13T where the discoveries …

Kenya to start exporting crude oil in June 2017

August 24, 2016 | Development / Production, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | –  Kenya has set June 2017 as the month it will start exporting oil with oil and gas exploration company Tullow Oil confirming that it will start oil production in March next year. This comes after sustained calls by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to expedite exportation of Kenya’s first oil. According to Tullow Oil Chief Operating Officer Paul McDade who was briefing President Kenyatta at State House that the company was making good progress in exploration and production. The oil will be …

Kenya creates 17 new oil exploration blocks for 2017 licensing round

May 12, 2016 | Government & Regulations, Kenya, Licensing & Concessions

Nairobi, Kenya |  Kenya has created an extra 17 new oil exploration blocks, bringing its total to 63 and aims to auction them in a licensing round in 2017, Kenyan newspapers quoted Ministry of Energy and Petroleum saying on Saturday. British explorer Tullow Oil and partner Africa Oil first struck oil in Lokichar in northwest Kenya in 2012. The recoverable reserves are an estimated 750 million barrels of crude. Since the discovery, interest from explorers seeking blocks in Kenya increased. Privately-owned Standard Newspaper quoted the …