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Saturday, November 03, 2007

TRACES OF OIL IN MANDERA-KENYA

Traces of oil found in North Eastern, Published on November 3, 2007, 12:00 am
By Philip Mwakio

Preliminary geophysical surveys conducted by oil and gas exploration firms in parts of north eastern Kenya indicate traces of oil.

Energy minister, Mr Kiraitu Murungi, said that areas around Mandera and Ansa Basin have potential oil deposits.

"It is not certain yet whether the deposits could be sufficient enough for commercial exploitation,’’ Kiraitu told The Standard in an interview in Mombasa on Wednesday.

The minister added that further drilling would be done to determine the commercial viability of the deposits.

And speaking at a different function, Kiraitu commended Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) for its endeavour to turn the firm into a world class facility in distribution of petroleum products.

He singled out the firm’s move to undertake projects aimed at improving customer service.
Three ongoing projects that KPC has initiated include the KPC Line 1 capacity enhancement project that involves the construction of four new pump stations.

‘’Due to increased demand for white petroleum products both in the local and export markets, the infrastructure along the 14-inch pipe size running from Mombasa to Nairobi is unable to meet the supply demand,’’ he said.