Kenya: Tullow Oil Company Begins Transport Trials

Lokichar TurkanaKenya’s first oil truck leaves Turkana in what marks the beginning Kenya becoming an oil producing country.

Tullow Oil Company begins trial transport of crude oil for the very first time under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) from Lokichar, Turkana to Mombasa.

The company will start transporting oil with two trucks and will later rise to 20 trucks.

The transport trials by road are meant to check for;

  1. Logistics –the amount of time it will take to get the oil from Lokichar to Mombasa.
  2. Aim at testing oil reaction to different temperatures.

According to Tullow's Communications Officer Dennis Okore, trucking is a trial to check on the process and the logistics, saying the real transportation of early oil will start next year.

 "This is just a trial version to check on the pressure, temperatures, viscosity and how much the refinery will take," said Mr Okore.
Kenya is set to start commercial production of oil in 2020.

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