Officials at Kenya’s Mombasa port say renovations are underway at crude oil terminal in preparation for the exportation of the country’s first oil in the coming months.
In a financial statement last month, Tullow Oil Plc — Kenya oil’s the lead operator — said more than 150,000 barrels of crude have been moved to Mombasa port by trucks in the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) plan. The company expected to ship the first cargo in the coming months.
Reports indicate buyers from India and China have expressed interest in the Kenyan oil.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Operation and Harbor Master General Manager Captain William Ruto said port engineers are now installing modern equipment to evacuate the oil from the Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT).
“…the engineers are working at KOT to revamp the facility before the exportation of crude oil from Ngamia 8 in the Turkana oil fields starts,” Ruto was quoted by The Standard Newspaper as saying.
“We expect the ships for the exportation to dock at Mombasa port between August 11 and 15 this year when the oil will be pumped into them from the KPRL Changamwe depot,” he added.
He said the authority was working to sort the challenge of inadequate oil storage facilities at the port had led to incessant delays in the discharge of the commodity by vessels..
“We have to put up a new oil terminal in the port as quickly as possible to avert this problem,”said Ruto.
Tullow and Africa Oil first discovered crude oil in the Lokichar basin in 2012, estimated at 560 million barrels in proven and probable reserves. Tullow has said this would translate to 60,000 to 100,000 barrels per day of gross production.
Through the EOPS, Kenya commenced trucking crude oil to the port of Mombasa in June 2018. Transportation of early oil is estimated at $15 million.