Oil Sub-sector

Oil reserves

Britain’s Tullow has discovered oil in seven wells, raising the estimates of the discovered resources in the Turkana basin to one billion barrels of oil. The Turkana basin is found in a semi-desert area in North Western Kenya.


The Mbawa-1 well, drilling around 70 km off the coast of Malindi, found about 52 meters of gas. It will likely be at least five years before Kenya can produce a natural gas find. If gas discovery materialized in Kenya, it could become one of the world’s three largest natural gas exporters after Mozambique and Tanzania.


There are many licenses signed. There are 22 international companies licensed to explore 42 out of 46 blocks in Kenya, and the National Oil has one block. They are all under Production Sharing Agreements or contracts unique to each area of operation.


There is a proposed development of the Kenya-Uganda crude oil pipeline, which is designed to pass through Block 10BB/13T and South Sudan. A pipeline has been proposed in the LAPSSET (Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport) project. It is estimated that the crude oil pipeline will get into Kenya from Nakodok in South Sudan to Lokichogio, Turkana, Lodwar, Isiolo before finally finding its way into the refinery in Lamu. The Kenyan government has expressed hope that it could begin oil production by 2016.


The government is set to enact laws to regulate use of petroleum and gas revenues.

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