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EAC Partner States Hosts High Level Oil & Gas Stakeholder Forum

by Sharon Chepngetich

East African Community (EAC) partner states on Monday gathered in Nairobi for a high-level stakeholder Oil and Gas forum ahead of East African Petroleum and Exhibition Conference 2019 that will be held early next month (May).

Leaders from across the region and international sector players held dialogue on oil and gas investment opportunities by demonstrating status on the development of the sector.

Kenya’s State Department for Petroleum, under the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining exuded confidence on the level and intensity of commercial energy use as a key indicator of economic growth and development in the region.

In Kenya for example, The Petroleum Act 2017 is encouraging investments in oil and gas by complying with local content requirements, which include upstream operations, locally manufactured goods and employment opportunities.

Speaking at the forum, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Petroleum Mr. Andrew Kamau said:

“We ought to look at the Oil and Gas sector wholistically. There is need for upskilling the workforce with the right skillsets as we develop the sector and create job opportunities. The East African Petroleum Conference 2019 will seek to provide East Africa’s Oil and Gas industry players to explore on opportunities and dialogue to attract local and international investors.”

In the next two years, the Ministry expects over 200 wells to be drilled.

“The government is looking to develop south Lokichar resources in a phased approach towards oil production. We are currently in the first phase where we have done the economic benefit by looking at the recoverable reserves. The next steps would be to build the pipeline and facilities that will take the oil down to Lamu for export,” Andrew Kamau added.

“Oil and Gas exploration is a profitable business. I encourage everyone to get on board on every aspect its supply chain to make East Africa an Oil and Gas investment region of choice,” said Mr. Martin Heya, Chairperson, Steering Organizing Committee – East African
Petroleum Conference and Exhibition2019.

“The opportunity is large and many partners need to come on board to make East Africa the destination of Oil and Gas investments as we continually improve an enabling and facilitative environment for the sector,” Concluded Mr. James Ng’ang’a, chairperson, National Organizing Committee – East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition2019


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