Decision on pipeline route could strain Kenya, Total relations

Tuesday September 19 2017

An oil rig in Kenya’s Turkana County. In 2016,

An oil rig in Kenya’s Turkana County. In 2016, Total played an instrumental role in Uganda’s decision to build the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline. PHOTO FILE | NATION 

By KENNEDY SENELWA
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Differing views on the route the crude oil export pipeline from South Lokichar in northwestern Kenya to the Indian Ocean shoreline should take, could strain relations between the government, Total and other partners, an industry lobby has warned.

The Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas said the entry of Total SA into the onshore blocks 10BB, 13T and 10BA could either be supportive or disruptive.

The lobby group said relations between Total and Kenya could be strained if the French firm opts to push for building a crude pipeline from South Lokichar to Hoima in western Uganda to join the $3.55 billion East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline from Hoima district in Albertine Basin to Tanzania’s Tanga port.

“Attempts by Total to push Kenya to join EACOP are likely to be rebuffed due to the country’s commitment to the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) route,” said Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas’s co-ordinator Charles Wanguhu.

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Decision on pipeline route could strain Kenya, Total relations

Tuesday September 19 2017

An oil rig in Kenya’s Turkana County. In 2016,

An oil rig in Kenya’s Turkana County. In 2016, Total played an instrumental role in Uganda’s decision to build the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline. PHOTO FILE | NATION 

By KENNEDY SENELWA
More by this Author

Differing views on the route the crude oil export pipeline from South Lokichar in northwestern Kenya to the Indian Ocean shoreline should take, could strain relations between the government, Total and other partners, an industry lobby has warned.

The Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas said the entry of Total SA into the onshore blocks 10BB, 13T and 10BA could either be supportive or disruptive.

The lobby group said relations between Total and Kenya could be strained if the French firm opts to push for building a crude pipeline from South Lokichar to Hoima in western Uganda to join the $3.55 billion East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline from Hoima district in Albertine Basin to Tanzania’s Tanga port.

“Attempts by Total to push Kenya to join EACOP are likely to be rebuffed due to the country’s commitment to the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) route,” said Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas’s co-ordinator Charles Wanguhu.

Kenya opted to build a $2.1 billion crude pipeline of about 855 kilometres from Lokichar to Lamu port. Building a 1,451-kilometre hod="post">

Decision on pipeline route could strain Kenya, Total relations

Tuesday September 19 2017

An oil rig in Kenya’s Turkana County. In 2016,

An oil rig in Kenya’s Turkana County. In 2016, Total played an instrumental role in Uganda’s decision to build the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline. PHOTO FILE | NATION 

By KENNEDY SENELWA
More by this Author

Differing views on the route the crude oil export pipeline from South Lokichar in northwestern Kenya to the Indian Ocean shoreline should take, could strain relations between the government, Total and other partners, an industry lobby has warned.

The Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas said the entry of Total SA into the onshore blocks 10BB, 13T and 10BA could either be supportive or disruptive.

The lobby group said relations between Total and Kenya could be strained if the French firm opts to push for building a crude pipeline from South Lokichar to Hoima in western Uganda to join the $3.55 billion East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline from Hoima district in Albertine Basin to Tanzania’s Tanga port.

“Attempts by Total to push Kenya to join EACOP are likely to be rebuffed due to the country’s commitment to the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) route,” said Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas’s co-ordinator Charles Wanguhu.

Kenya opted to build a $2.1 billion crude pipeline of about 855 kilometres from Lokichar to Lamu port. Building a 1,451-kilometre