Kenya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation is seeking to build an oil exploration laboratory in the capital Nairobi to assist its industry’s geochemical and petro physical analysis.
“National Oil Corporation of Kenya invites tenders from interested eligible for the completion of construction of oil and gas exploration laboratory,” the firm indicated in a bid notice late October.
The laboratory is also expected to assist Kenya provide data rich information to potential investors, as well as make available summary data that can be accessed by potential investors.
The oil and gas industry regulator which oversees marketing of petroleum products (downstream), development of petroleum infrastructure (midstream) and exploration of oil and gas (upstream activities) was incorporated in 1981.
It operates its own exploration acreage on block 14T located within the Tertiary Rift basin and running from the shores of Lake Bogoria to Lake Magadi Basin on the border with Tanzania.
Kenya discovered commercial oil in 2012 in its Lokichar basin, which Tullow Oil estimates contains 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.
In August, Kenya shipped out 200,000 barrels of the Turkana crude to test the international markets’ reception of the low-sulphur oil ahead of commercial production, which is expected to start in the second half of 2023.
Production is now estimated to start in the second half of 2023. Tullow has been moving the oil by road to Mombasa.