From Oil News Kenya:
CAMAC has been forced to stop a planned seismic acquisition programme through Kenya’s coastal area’s Arabuko-Sokoke forest after environmentalists protested the acquisition of two seismic lines through the largest stretch of coastal dry forest remaining in Eastern Africa and second in Africa in birdlife conservation from Congo.
According to the company’s managing director Augustin Nkuba the decision by CAMAC comes even as the company holds the believe that its actions would not lead to any adverse effects in the forest.
“We have made this decision in spite of the fact that we have complied with all recommendations and government requirements and also believe that the acquisition would not have had an adverse effect on the ecosystem in the forest. However, with the concerns raised we will not acquire the two seismic lines within the forest as previously planned. ” Nkuba is quoted by The Star newspaper.
CAMAC says it plans to conduct its work within Environmental and Social Impact study that has already been carried out by Kenya’s National Enviromental Management Authority (NEMA) as well as two government agencies in charge of forests and wildlife the Kenya Forest Service and the Kenya Wildlife Service.
from Oil News Kenya: Tullow Kenya will starting next year expand its annual Tullow Group scholarship scheme (TGSS)to cover vocational training, in a move that will see over a 1000 Kenyans get opportunities to pursue short term courses including welding and carpentry.
Tullow Kenya Country Manager Martin Mbogo says the oil exploration company had renewed its contract with the British Council, the TGSS administrators, who will oversee the expanded scheme.
The new courses to be offered as part of the expanded Tullow Group scholarship scheme will be aimed at those who may have ambitions to apply for the Tullow Masters degree Scholarship but do not necessarily qualify for post graduate education.
“Over and above the job training, these young people will also get basic communications and entrepreneurships skills that will allow them to also participate in the oil and gas sectors either as entrepreneurs or employees. This objective sits within Tullow’s wider goal of increasing the participation of Kenyans in the country’s oil and gas sectors,” said Mr Mbogo.
This year, Tullow Kenya has invested Kshs. 200 million in providing scholarships and bursaries to university, college and secondary school students. In particular, the company has spent Ksh150 million in providing 30 scholarships to postgraduate students as part of the 2014 scholarship scheme.
“The main reason for starting the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme was to bridge the skills gap within the oil and gas sectors in countries where we operate. I am proud to say that since we started the scholarship scheme in 2012, the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme alumni network has become a rich source of specialised skills for the Kenyan oil and gas sector, producing experts in fields such as oil and gas law, environmental sciences and logistics ,” added Mr Mbogo.
The 30 scholarship awarded this year brings the total numbers of Kenyans awarded the TGSS scholarships since it was started in 2012 to 55.
Looked a bit at Jamaica potential. Gov't has been promoting for exploration for some years. We can at least be hopeful. The company also has some interest in Uruguay. Saw that Tullow bought some Turkana residents vehicles (trucks) and is leasing them back (with a driver). Wouldn't a School for Construction Trades and Heavy Equipment Operators have been better. This is more like extortion. Hope the Copanies are successful opening new fields.
From AllAfrica (The Star)
TURKANA leaders say the discovery oil and geothermal boundary conflicts are the main causes of increased banditry attacks in the North Rift region.
Senator John Munyes said fighters from a neighbouring country were involved in the killing of 21 police officers at Kapedo, Turkana East, on Suturday.
"Some people are using bandits to carry out attacks so they seize minerals in our county but we will not accept any part to be annexed," he said.
Governor Josphat Nanok and Munyes have urged the government to carry out fresh border surveys for Turkana, Baringo, Pokot and Samburu counties.
Munyes said the government should send surveyors to clearly mark the borders.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen and his Turkana East counterpart Nicholas Ngikor said the killing of police officers is unacceptable.
"Targeting security officers is beyond the capacity of the police so KDF should take over," said Lomenen.
Nanok has supported the government decision to carry out a security operation in Baringo, Pokot and Turkana counties to disarm bandits.
He said the government has the mandate to secure all parts of the country.
"We have always been asking the government to intervene and stop these senseless killings once and for all. This time we hope the security forces are here to stay until we have enough security," said Nanok.
The leaders were speaking in Eldoret town on Monday during a workshop on oil exploration in Turkana county.
He said it has been difficult for leaders in the region to discuss security issues but time has come for them to talk about insecurity.
"Its unacceptable to kill government officers. We have to end inter-community attacks," said Nanok.
Reported today (Reuters)
Africa Oil, which has a 50 percent stake in Kenyan fields where commercial reserves of crude have been found, wants to offer part of its holding by early 2016 to a new partner that can help it fund development, the chief executive said.
Africa Oil and its existing partner Tullow Oil, which holds the other 50 percent, have found more than 600 million barrels of recoverable reserves. A final decision to develop the fields is expected in the first quarter of 2016.
The discovery is part of a string of oil and gas finds stretching from Uganda and along Africa's east coast that have made the region one of the world's hottest untapped hydrocarbon provinces. Output could reach global markets in 2018 or 2019.
"Before project sanction in 2016, we probably would like to have a partner," Africa Oil CEO Keith Hill told Reuters, although he said the plan was "not carved in stone" and the company could finance development itself if needed.
Wish the links option was not abused and halted by Yahoo. from a search...Kenya, Uganda,Rwanda close to picking consultant for Oil Pipeline
Wheels aren't off the train. Just parked on the siding waiting for passengers to board and let the southbound freight get out of the way.
Hopefully things are moving forward on a generation plant for Sala 1 gas. Dry and un commercial wells are crushing the S P. Ongoing Oil Price decline, local population hampering operations, unfavorable tax revisions, infrastructure projects going slowly, what is an investor to do. I think the Gov and the drillers should be even more proactive investing. Training a workforce to gain skills to build the pipeline, the new Lamu Port, a Refinery. Investors need a lot of patience here. Real reward may still be 2-3 years away. For me this is behaving like an early stage Biotech investment.
This is not playing out. But it will. Increase in tax, decline in Oil price, work stoppage and temporary removal of drill staff and apparent news blackout on MRO/AOI operations. Wish I had waited to increase shares but have no doubt S P will rise. Sala 2 is bewildering though. Will Sala 3 drill now or is it already. Papers are signed for TAIPF to use theGreat Wall Rig in December. Enough time to drill and move I think. At the least the current Oil price is putting Putin's feet and the Russian economy to the fire. Hope the Kenya Gov't can convince the local population that these are exploratory wells not production. Good will investment is better than the nothing they had before.
I would guess that the Great Wall Drill rig will not be available until after AOIFF/MRO have completed Sala 3. Sala 2 must be completed by now (though I have seen no news stating this). A move of the rig to do Sala 3 and a patient 60 drill program could make the D R available the end of Dec. or early Jan. Same time frame stated by Taipan. I wonder when the shroud of secrecy will be raised by AOIFF.
On Oct 1 re completion activities began. The company website expects a 2 week period for this to be done then re perforation. This will play out or disappear. Good Luck.