Tullow Oil suspends operations in Turkana due to insecurity

An Irish founded multinational oil and gas exploration company with its headquarters in London has stopped work at its Kenyan oilfield and halted trucking operations due to security issues.

Protests and security problems have halted a Tullow Oil’s pilot scheme which currently transports around 600 barrels of oil per day (bopd) to Mombasa ahead of the construction of a pipeline which is expected to be operational by 2022.

Locals in Turkana are calling for the national government to provide them with security and blaming Tullow for failing to employ locals even for manual jobs.

Last week, the firm said the stalemate with the local community could have cost it as much as Ksh200 million so far, as it pays for the leased equipment that is idle on site.


  1. I think Private Military Companies (PMCs) are due as an Efficient Way of Meeting the Market Demand for Security in Kenya

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