Kenyan protesters demanding increased security block Tullow Oil trucks

Kenyan protesters demanding the deployment of more security forces in Turkana county have blocked Tullow Oil trucks 

According to local media reports, the protests began last week in the area which has long suffered from incidents of banditry and cattle rustling. 

Tullow’s truck scheme aims to transport about 2,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) of crude from the company’s northern oil fields to the coast.

The pilot truck scheme was launched in June to test oil flow rates and other technical issues before the start of full production and exports via a pipeline to be built by 2022.

Tullow have confirmed there have been “interruptions to the trucking of crude oil in Turkana County”, but added that they are “working with the respective national government agencies, the county government, local leadership and the communities to ensure that the matter is resolved amicably.”

While operations are paused, Tullow have provisionally reduced the number of personnel in the field.