Historic day as Kenya flags off first crude oil exports

President Uhuru Kenyatta today declared a “great day for Kenya” as he flagged off the first consignment of crude oil destined for export from Kenya,

which will lead to oil becoming a major contributor to the nation’s economy.

The president flagged off trucks with crude oil as he visited Ngamia 8 in the Turkana Oil fields in the Early Oil Pilot Scheme in Kenya.In his visit the President was accompanied by DP William Ruto,Petroleaum and Energy Cabinet Secretary John Munyes,Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok and other local MPs.

 “A great day for Kenya,” the President wrote in the visitor’s book on arrival at Ngamia in the Turkana heartland.He also added that”This flag-off event and the anticipated implementation of the Early Oil Pilot (EOP) Scheme marks the beginning of a long and fruitful journey,

What next?

The E.O.P(Early Oil Pilot Scheme) will then be followed by a Full Field Development Phase where Kenya will establish itself as a crude oil exporter.Kenya will also be able to providevaluable information for future exploitation and development of crude oil.

Economic Growth

The president said that production of petroleum products will enhance opportunities for growth and investments within the country and strengthen the excising economic and commercial partnership.

Local benefits

In his speech,the president said that the exportation will create scalable local employment and business opportunities including in the hospitality and security sectors.It will also enhance vocational training opportunities for our young people to ensure that they participate in the oil and gas industry.

Oil exploration in Kenya started in 2012 the E.O.P 2,000 barrels of oil will be transported to the port of Mombasa every day for shipment.Kenya now joins Uganda and Tanzania as resourceful African nations to discover oil and gas.

Speaking during the flagging,the deputy president said that the event was creating another chapter in the history of Kenya.He also added that “The benefits of the project will be shared and no one will be left behind”

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok was pleased with the success of the project saying the region now has a bright future.

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