Tullow Oil has stopped its oil trucking operations in Turkana over damaged roads which were caused by adverse weather conditions in the last quarter of 2019.
The Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) depends on roads since the transfer of stored crude oil from Turkana to Mombasa is done via road.
The oil company discovered a total of 1.2 billion barrels of oil reserves in Turkana county in 2018 and invested 7 billion shillings the same year on the project.
Tullow has been transporting the crude oil from Turkana to Mombasa by road since June 2018, after the project was flagged off on 3rd June 2018 by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.
Since commencing the project, Tullow oil has faced a few challenges. In July 2018, a few weeks after the project was flagged off, the company halted its operations due to protests by locals in Turkana.
During that period, locals were up in arms blaming the national government for failing to provide them with security. They also blamed Tullow for failing to employ the locals even for manual jobs.
According to Energy CS John Munyes, taxpayers lost 400 million shillings in the period that the protests went on.
Tullow has said in a statement, that until all roads are repaired to a safe standard, trucking will remain on hold.