Kenya has become an oil producing company. President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the country’s first crude oil destined for export on Sunday 3/6/2013.
This is a “great day for Kenya” President Kenyatta was quoted saying. Oil export will become a major contributor to the country’s economy.
The President flagged off trucks loaded with crude oil from Ngamia 8, in the Turkana oil fields as part of the Early Oil Pilot Scheme.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led a host of local leaders to celebrate the feat that enabled the country to join Uganda as the only two oil-producing countries in East Africa.
At least four trucks were flagging off ferrying crude oil to the Kenya Petroleum Refinery in Mombasa.
The crude oil is being ferried in an experimental programme Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS).
Each truck carried 156 barrels. Tullow Oil company targets producing at least 2,000 barrels per day.
It already has 70,000 barrels stored in tanks in Lokichar. There are at least 10 oil fields located in various sections in Turkana East and Turkana South.