Tullow Oil Facing Problems in Kenya, Turkana Threats of SabotageJune 27 | Posted by David Goldman | Energy Intelligence
Tullow Oil of Britain is facing threats in Kenya as it farms for oil in the block at the Lokichar basin, Intelligence reports confirm.
The British oil company found oil pay in the block and are in the process of drilling deeper in the wells to confirm commercial viability of the high quality oil.
The Turkana community, a war-community has threatened to sabotage operations at the drilling site besides block any form of operations by the oil exploration company.
There are fears of sabotage and Tullow is taking the Kenyan government to task over these threats.
The contract to explore the oil in Kenya is between the government of Kenya and Tullow oil Plc of Britain, the Turkana community is not aforementioned in the formal contract as key players in the exploration contract.
Tullow Oil has entered into formal talks with the government of Kenya and the local community to identify modalities to fend off the animosity.
The Turkana people are claiming that they were never consulted and informed about the oil exploration and how they would benefit since the discovery and subsequent production would be a direct boon to their socio-economics.
The land in which the oil was found is our cultural heritage and we should part of the process, the leaders of the community reiterate.
The Government of Kenya will provide a solution to the problem to safeguard Tullow Oil’s interests and its interests in the exploration efforts.