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President Kenyatta flags off first oil from Turkana

KENYA has formally joined the oil-producing countries in the world following the flagging off of the country’s first crude oil for export. 

Speaking as he flagged off the first convoy transportation of the new-found oil from Turkana to the port of Mombasa on Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya will effectively manage the resource giving an undertaking to confront challenges that have dogged many other nations which made new discoveries but with devastating consequences.

The head of state noted that undesirable competition for oil and other natural resources has seen peaceful countries go to war; brothers take up arms against each other as mothers bury their children with no hope for the future which Kenya must avoid.

“My prayer is that we will view the discovery of oil & gas as a blessing that we'll manage effectively and efficiently for the benefit of future generations.” President Kenyatta said

 After 7 years of oil discovery in Turkana County by the Tullow Oil, it appears Kenya is inching close to join the petrodollar league.  The first batch of trucks will ferry a total of 70,000 barrels from an estimated 750 million barrels of oil beneath Turkana soil. What’s more, the government announced that the local community will benefit from 5 percent of the total oil revenue from the area.

 “The negative competition for oil and other natural resources has seen peaceful countries go to war. It has seen brothers take up arms against each other as mothers bury their children with no hope for the future,” said the President

Speaking after the commissioning in Lokichar area of Turkana, the head of state said Kenyans should draw lessons from other countries that failed to manage their resources and ended up with suffering, the hungry and poor citizenry.  He said the country should view the discovery of oil and gas as a blessing to boost its economy and benefit the future generation.

“I pray that we will not be visited with the same curse.  I also pray that we will view the discovery of oil and gas as a blessing that we will manage effectively and efficiently for the benefit of future generations,” Kenyatta stated

President Kenyatta said every Kenyan has a stake in the development of the oil and gas sector and most importantly in the safeguarding the country resources. The president called on community leaders to ensure peace and stability in the region and to ensure that any disagreements that might arise from this resource are resolved in an amicable and sustainable manner.

“I call upon our leaders to ensure peace and stability in the region, and to ensure that any disagreements that might arise from this resource are resolved in an amicable and sustainable manner,” said the President.

Deputy President William Ruto who had accompanied the head of state said the Government has completed the construction of a technical and vocational training Centre in Turkana East where youth will be trained in technology for the petroleum industry urging locals to take advantage of the new institution so enable them to secure employment in the new sector.

“The construction is complete and equipment worth more than Sh50 million will be delivered within the next few weeks,” he said.

The DP urged the local residents to take advantage of the new institution so that local youth can easily gain employment with the petroleum companies.

The drilling of the oil is being undertaken by Tullow Oil in partnership with Africa Oil and Total.

The Chief Executive Officer of Tullow Oil, Paul McDade, who spoke at Ngamia 8 Oil Field where the President flagged off the first consignment, said it was a momentous occasion for Kenya as it joins the league of petroleum producing countries.

“This is a wonderful day for Kenyans and I hope to come back here when the President again opens the valve for exports through the pipeline,” said McDade.

A pipeline from Lamu to Lokichar will be constructed to coincide with the full development of the oil fields. Before the completion of the pipeline, oil consignments will be transported by trucks to Mombasa for onward shipment.

Many believe that this first consignment of crude oil destined for export from Kenya will lead to oil becoming a major contributor to the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, the government expects that the initial petroleum exports will complement the country’s existing development projects under the recently launched Big Four Agenda.

Indeed, a buoyant President Kenyatta hopes that this is yet another silver bullet that will create scalable local employment and business opportunities especially in the hospitality & security sectors

KENYA has formally joined the oil-producing countries in the world following the flagging off of the country’s first crude oil for export. 

Speaking as he flagged off the first convoy transportation of the new-found oil from Turkana to the port of Mombasa on Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya will effectively manage the resource giving an undertaking to confront challenges that have dogged many other nations which made new discoveries but with devastating consequences.

The head of state noted that undesirable competition for oil and other natural resources has seen peaceful countries go to war; brothers take up arms against each other as mothers bury their children with no hope for the future which Kenya must avoid.

“My prayer is that we will view the discovery of oil & gas as a blessing that we'll manage effectively and efficiently for the benefit of future generations.” President Kenyatta said

 After 7 years of oil discovery in Turkana County by the Tullow Oil, it appears Kenya is inching close to join the petrodollar league.  The first batch of trucks will ferry a total of 70,000 barrels from an estimated 750 million barrels of oil beneath Turkana soil. What’s more, the government announced that the local community will benefit from 5 percent of the total oil revenue from the area.

 “The negative competition for oil and other natural resources has seen peaceful countries go to war. It has seen brothers take up arms against each other as mothers bury their children with no hope for the future,” said the President

Speaking after the commissioning in Lokichar area of Turkana, the head of state said Kenyans should draw lessons from other countries that failed to manage their resources and ended up with suffering, the hungry and poor citizenry.  He said the country should view the discovery of oil and gas as a blessing to boost its economy and benefit the future generation.

“I pray that we will not be visited with the same curse.  I also pray that we will view the discovery of oil and gas as a blessing that we will manage effectively and efficiently for the benefit of future generations,” Kenyatta stated

President Kenyatta said every Kenyan has a stake in the development of the oil and gas sector and most importantly in the safeguarding the country resources. The president called on community leaders to ensure peace and stability in the region and to ensure that any disagreements that might arise from this resource are resolved in an amicable and sustainable manner.

“I call upon our leaders to ensure peace and stability in the region, and to ensure that any disagreements that might arise from this resource are resolved in an amicable and sustainable manner,” said the President.

Deputy President William Ruto who had accompanied the head of state said the Government has completed the construction of a technical and vocational training Centre in Turkana East where youth will be trained in technology for the petroleum industry urging locals to take advantage of the new institution so enable them to secure employment in the new sector.

“The construction is complete and equipment worth more than Sh50 million will be delivered within the next few weeks,” he said.

The DP urged the local residents to take advantage of the new institution so that local youth can easily gain employment with the petroleum companies.

The drilling of the oil is being undertaken by Tullow Oil in partnership with Africa Oil and Total.

The Chief Executive Officer of Tullow Oil, Paul McDade, who spoke at Ngamia 8 Oil Field where the President flagged off the first consignment, said it was a momentous occasion for Kenya as it joins the league of petroleum producing countries.

“This is a wonderful day for Kenyans and I hope to come back here when the President again opens the valve for exports through the pipeline,” said McDade.

A pipeline from Lamu to Lokichar will be constructed to coincide with the full development of the oil fields. Before the completion of the pipeline, oil consignments will be transported by trucks to Mombasa for onward shipment.

Many believe that this first consignment of crude oil destined for export from Kenya will lead to oil becoming a major contributor to the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, the government expects that the initial petroleum exports will complement the country’s existing development projects under the recently launched Big Four Agenda.

Indeed, a buoyant President Kenyatta hopes that this is yet another silver bullet that will create scalable local employment and business opportunities especially in the hospitality & security sectors

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