Tullow Oil is set to start oil production in Turkana through an Abu Dhabi-based firm which is expected to be producing a total of 2,000 barrels of oil daily.
The facility is said to start operations in from the fourth quarter of this year under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS).
Tullow Kenya Country Manager Martin Mbogo noted in a statement that Al Mansoori Petroleum Services LLC will commence installation of the Early Production Facility in South Lokichar in July, which is expected to be ready for commissioning by around September, giving way to pilot oil production in the fourth quarter.
“Phase two, from July to quarter four 2017, involves the installation and commissioning of an Early Production Facility (EPF) by Al Mansoori Petroleum Services LLC,” added Mbogo
The firm further disclosed that the pilot scheme was going to be undertaken in three phases, with the first being the evacuation of 60,000 barrels of oil produced in 2015 by road to Mombasa. The exercise is expected to take two months.
The evacuation of oil stored at Tullow’s storage facilities in Turkana is expected to start this week. Part of this oil will form the first cargo that Kenya expects to export mid next month.
The East African region happens to be a core growth area for Tullow. In Uganda, the firms’ discovered contingent resources are estimated to be around 1.7 billion barrels of oil while in Kenya, their current estimate of recoverable resources is up to 750 million barrels with further exploration potential supporting an upside of 1 billion barrels.