Tullow’s headache: politics, banditry hamper oil harvest

An oil rig worker at Ngamia III exploration site in Nakukulas, Turkana. At the moment, Tullow Oil is caught up in the politics of cattle rustling and the historical neglect of the north. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Turkana residents were mobilised to block Lokichar-Kapenguria road demanding for protection against incessant banditry.
  • Dr Matiang’i says that some politicians are trying to “blackmail” Tullow Oil in order to get contracts.
  • The Turkana oil type is classified as sweet crude because it has less than 0.42 per cent sulphur.

On March 26, 2012, just after President Mwai Kibaki announced that Kenya had discovered oil in Turkana after 58 years of explorations and drilling, several interests set in.

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