Nic Hailey joins President Kenyatta for launch of oil pilot scheme in Turkana

Nic Hailey in Turkana
Nic Hailey in Turkana. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

On Sunday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, joined President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Kenyan leader flagged off the first four tracks carrying 600 barrels of oil under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) at the Ngamia 8 oil well in Turkana County.

The pilot scheme, which had been postponed since June 2017 due to disputes over how revenue would be shared, is hoping to hit a target of transporting 2,000 barrels per day to Changamwe storage tanks, with the country’s first oil exports expected to begin in December. It is estimated that it will take at least 400,000 barrels to fill one oil tanker.

Speaking at the launch, President Kenyatta thanked Turkana county leaders for accepting his invitation to discuss and agree on revenue distribution.

“Today, Kenya becomes the first country in East Africa to export oil. I thank all investors who believe in this project that is expected to turnaround social economic life for not only Turkana and Kenya, but the region at large,” he said.

Tweeting from the launch, the UK High Commissioner said it was a “pleasure to join President Kenyatta, William Ruto and Josphat Nanok at the launch of early oil pilot scheme in Turkana. Tullow Oil is part of the strong story of UK investment in Kenya. Oil revenues as they come on stream can contribute greatly to Kenya”s development if used well.”

Under the new deal, the National Government will receive 75 per cent of proceeds from oil exports while the county government will receive 25 per cent.