Kenya's oil production goals keep shifting

What you need to know:

  • President, in his address to executives attending the Germany-Kenya business forum in Berlin, hinted at a distant date of 2022 contrasting earlier projections of September 2016.

  • In January, the government kept a stronger push to have the first oil off the ground by September this year.

  • In December 2015, Kenya made clear plans to sell crude oil by September 2016, despite expert advice that the earliest the Turkana oil fields can be commercially exploited is 2020.

Confusion continues to characterise Kenya’s journey towards commercial oil production, as target output dates keep changing.

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