The Celsius Riga, the ship carrying the Kenyan crude oil left
the Mombasa Port shortly after midday.
He said the government
is committed to achieve sustainable development through prudent
use of the country’s resources.
"We will ensure that Kenya’s natural resources are utilized
in a manner that yields maximum dividends today but without
compromising the interests of future generations," he said.
Kenya’s Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) commenced in June
marking the beginning of the journey towards full development of
Kenya’s oil and gas resources.
Kenyatta said EOPS has shown global markets that Kenya
possesses the know-how and infrastructure required to facilitate
full production of commercial quantities of its oil resource.
He said that the next phase following the success of the
pilot project will include full field development that will be
characterized by production and pipeline transportation of crude
from Lokichar to the new Port of Lamu.
The Kenyan leader said the oil project has already brought
benefits for the people of Turkana County, with the local
communities directly benefiting from employment opportunities in
production and logistics, in addition to provision of ancillary
and support services.
"As we proceed to full field development, we will ensure that
local communities are major beneficiaries of these resources,"
Kenyatta assured, noting that the government has put in place
measures to ensure that the fruits of prosperity are shared with
devolved units in an equitable and sustainable manner.
British firm Tullow Oil, which has exploration and oil fields
in Turkana, said in July that the EOPS production was increased
from 600 barrels of oil per day (bopd) to 2,000 bopd and, to
date, more than 200,000 barrels of oil have been delivered to
the port of Mombasa.
In 2012, Tullow discovered commercial oil deposits in the
east African nation that are currently estimated at 750 million
The EOPS is being undertaken by the Kenya joint venture
partners comprising of Tullow Oil, Africa Oil and Total Oil and
the Kenyan government who own the Blocks 10BB and 13T in