Thursday, July 27, 2017

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CS Charles Keter addressing the media during the press conference alongside PS for Petroleum Mr. Andrew Kamau, Martin Mbogo- Country Manager Tullow Oil, David Mahaga- General Manager Africa Oil, and Anthony G. Mwangi- Director, Public Affairs Tullow Oil.

The Kenyan Government has deferred the commissioning of the early oil pilot scheme (EOPS) to allow for the Next Parliament to address matters raised in the Presidential Memorandum on Assent to the Petroleum (Exploration, Development & Production) Bill, 2015. 

 

The 11th Parliament's term came to an end on June 15 meaning the law will have to wait until the 12th Parliament that comes after August 8, 2017.
As predicted, EOPS has already given the Ministry and JV Partners an improved understanding of what needs to be done prior to full production, including commercial, infrastructure and logistical arrangements and more importantly oil reservoir information. This puts Kenya well ahead of where most new oil countries would be at this stage, and has helped to highlight the inevitable challenges that development of the country’s oil resources may bring.
Pilot Schemes are a measure for learning, and it is clear that the National Government and Turkana County Government have more to discuss before the first oil can be transported to Mombasa. This will affect our original timeframes, but it won’t affect the overall pace of Kenya’s journey towards full production.
The Government through the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum will continue with consultations and public participation in line with the provisions of Article 69 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 prior to commencement of the Early Oil Pilot Scheme.

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