Kenya is expected to ship its first 200,000 barrels of crude oil in June, one year since President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first trucks.
On June 3 last year, President Kenyatta flagged off four trucks with 156 barrels of Crude Oil from Lokichar in Turkana to Mombasa for storage at Kenya Oil Refineries Limited.
It was then announced that Kenya would only be able to ship the crude oil after hitting 200,000 barrels. It has taken a year for Tullow Oil to reach that target.
On Wednesday, Petroleum CS John Munyes said they expect to hit the 200,000 barrel mark next month.
He said so far, Tullow Oil has transported 87,000 barrels of crude oil to the refineries storage tanks in Mombasa.
Speaking during the official opening of the 9th East African Petroleum Conference in Mombasa, Munyes said Kenya is now poised to become a huge crude oil exporter.
“By June, we hope to hit the 200,000 barrels. We’ll then put them into a vessel, ready for shipment,” Munyes said.
Source: The Star