Tullow Finds Greener Pastures, Sinks Kenya's Oil Dream

British firm Tullow Oil, has reportedly announced that it is now shifting its focus and over 90% of its resources to West Africa, with company chief executive Rahul Dhir saying the firm will be channeling resources to projects it considers productive, in a bid to cut costs. This comes after the company made plans with Kenya to export crude oil on a large scale in 2022, following a success in sale of a consignment in 2019, which was obtained from the pilot phase of the project in the expansive fields in Turkana County. Tullow stopped trucking oil from Turkana to the port of Mombasa in November 2019 due to the damage to roads caused by rain. The process has not resumed since. Towards the end of 2020, Tullow presented a detailed programme of its activities after the Kenyan government threatened to revoke its licence by October 31, 2020, due to frustrations over oil exploration delays.

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Oil trucks heading back to Lokichar after they were blocked by residents at Kalemngorok in Turkana County (file photo).

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