Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir has denied that the government has sold 46 recently-discovered oil blocks to Nigerian investors. Chirchir yesterday told the Energy Committee of the National Assembly that 44 oil blocks were given out through a production sharing agreement.
He said the remaining blocks, L25 and L26, in the Lamu Basin will also be given out under the same arrangement. The matter was raised by committee chairman, Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau, who said the matter is a concern to Kenyans.
"There are no blocks that have been sold to Nigeria. The prospective companies given the blocks have to relinquish 25 per cent as they move from one exploration stage to another according to the contract," Chirchir said.
Nigerian Petroleum Resources minister Diezani Maduekes claims Kenya sold the wells during the high-powered visit to Kenya by President Goodluck Jonathan and a group of businessmen in August.