On June 3, 2018, President Uhuru will flag off the first trucks transporting 2,000 barrels of crude oil from the Lokichar oil field to the Kenya Petroleum Refinery Limited (KPRL) in Mombasa.
After almost a year of being delayed, the transportation of oil to Mombasa under the early oil pilot scheme (EOPS) will begin next month thanks to an agreement finally made by all stakeholders.
The agreement involves a new revenue-sharing deal where the government will get 75 percent of the gains from selling crude oil, Turkana County will receive 20 percent, and the local community will receive five percent.
“We are ready to get started. This is important for our country as a whole, and for the community in the producing area,” President Kenyatta said.
Originally, the crude oil from Lokichar was to be transported to Eldoret by road then to Mombasa by train.
Crude Oil Transportation
By 2017, Tullow has stored up to 70,000 barrels of crude oil in Lokichar waiting for transportation to Mombasa. Furthermore, the firm has awarded contracts to Multiple Hauliers and Oilfield Movers to supply 50 trucks for transporting crude oil to Mombasa.
Primefuels Kenya has also been contracted to supply special containers called tanktainers to transport the crude oil.
The evacuation of crude oil will allow Tullow to conduct more well tests and establish production facilities at the oil sites.
According to sources at the Ministry of Mining and petroleum, the first exportation of oil will most likely be done in January.