Kenya exported its first-ever batch of fossil fuel on monday, with President Uhuru Kenyatta declaring the cargo of 200,000 barrels a “special moment” within the country’s history.
The president unfurled the Kenyan flag aboard a tanker at the Indian ocean port of Mombasa which will be carrying the oil to Asia.
“There are special moments that mark a turning point within the destiny of our nation,” Kenyatta aforementioned at the ceremony.
“The initial export of fossil fuel by our nation, therefore, marks a special moment in our history as people and as a rustic.”
The maiden cargo was purchased for USD$12 million (10.8 million euros) by Chinese commercialism company ChemChina for export to Malaysia.
Kenyatta aforementioned the first tries at finding oil in Kenya date from to 1937 however it absolutely was not till 2012 that a commercially-viable deposit was situated.
This field was discovered within the South Lokichar Basin in Turkana, in Kenya’s way north, by British firm Tullow and its venture partners.
The company estimates the sector holds 560 million barrels of oil.
In early June 2018, the corporate began shipping crude from Turkana to Mombasa by road. it’ll eventually be shipped via a pipeline below construction.
Kenyatta aforementioned it “showed the worldwide market that Kenya possesses the ability and also the infrastructure needed to facilitate full- dismissed development”.
“This initial oil pilot theme has conjointly brought with it prosperity for the individuals of Turkana however also the broader republic with terribly several native communities directly cashing in on employment opportunities in production and provision,” he said.